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The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are originally from Austria. The name “Linzer” comes from the name of the city, Linz in Austria. This city is famous for the Linzertorte. It has a lovely, buttery yet light almond flavored pastry, filled with fruity preserves. The tart is then topped with a lattice pattern using the same pastry dough. 🙂 

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are made using the same recipe, just that they are cut out as cookies, two of these cookies are sandwiched together with some fruity jam or preserves. Also, the top cookie has small shape cut out in the right which is known as the Linzer eyes. The Linzer eyes shows off a tiny bit of the jam or the preserve inside, thus making these cookies look really dainty 🙂 (Information taken from foodreference.com)

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies can be made with or without eggs. I’ve chosen to go eggless as always, the texture of these cookies turned out amazing. The flavor of these Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies is very delicate as the almond flour renders the most nuttiest aroma and gives it that bite! Almond meal/ flour takes the flavor to a whole another level.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are different from the egg free shortbread bread Linzer cookies that I posted last year. They are delicious, buttery and absolutely pretty too! You guys could make those if almond meal/ flour ain’t available.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies can have any filling, though traditionally they have a raspberry or strawberry preserves/ jams. You could add some chocolate ganache, salted caramel. I have used my homemade 3 ingredient strawberry jam for these cookies.

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The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Let us start with these beauties, they seem a little involved but very easy!

Combine salt, almond flour and all purpose flour in a large mixing bowl. Set it aside.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until just combined. You don’t need to cream them until fluffy.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Add vanilla extract and almond extract, mix until combined.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Add the dry flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Mix these together until just combined. Shape the dough and wrap it in a cling wrap.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 60 minutes. You can store this dough in the freezer for about 3 weeks.

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Once the dough has chilled completely, let the dough rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

Dust the surface with some flour, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4th inch.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Use fancy cookie cutters to give them shape. Use smaller cookie cutter to make the cut outs for the Linzer eyes in half of the entire batch of the cut out cookies.

Place these cut out cookie bottoms on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes.

Place the tops with the cut out linzer eyes on a separate parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes too.

Pre heat the oven for 10 minutes @ 180’c.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Bake all the bottoms first for 15 minutes at 180’c. They will turn slightly golden on the edges once they are done. Next, bake the cut out tops for 12 minutes at 180’c as they have lesser surface area. They will turn slightly golden on th edges once they are done.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Once all the cookies are baked, let them sit on the hot baking trays for 10 minutes as they crisp up. Then move them on the cooling rack and let them cool down completely.

Warm the jam just the little bit. Take all the bottom cookies and spread some jam on each cookie.

Dust the tops of the cut out cookies with some icing sugar. Place the top cookies on the jam covered ones and make cookie sandwiches. Be careful not to smudge the icing sugar while making the cookie sandwiches.

They keep fresh in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

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The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Delicious fruity jam/ preserves sandwiched between two buttery, almond shortbread cookies not only look so pretty and are absolutely scrumptious!  

Course Breakfast, Christmas, Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine Austrian
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 sandwiches
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 47 grams almond meal/ flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (110 grams)
  • 65 grams icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • powdered/ icing sugar to dust the cookies
  • 1/4 cup strawberry/ raspberry jam

Instructions

  1. Combine salt, almond flour and all purpose flour  in a large mixing bowl. Set it aside.


  2. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until just combined. You don't need to cream them until fluffy.


  3. Add vanilla extract and almond extract, mix until combined.


  4. Add the dry flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Mix these together until just combined. Shape the dough and wrap it in a cling wrap.


  5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 60 minutes. You can store this dough in the freezer for about 3 weeks.


  6. Once the dough has chilled completely, let the dough rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes.


  7. Dust the surface with some flour, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4th inch.


  8. Use fancy cookie cutters to give them shape. Use smaller cookie cutter to make the cut outs for the Linzer eyes in half of the entire batch of the cut out cookies.



  9. Place these cut out cookie bottoms on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes.


  10. Place the tops with the cut out linzer eyes on a separate parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes too.


  11. Pre heat the oven for 10 minutes @ 180'c.


  12. Bake all the bottoms first for 15 minutes at 180'c. They will turn slightly golden on the edges once they are done. Next, bake the cut out tops for 12 minutes at 180'c as they have lesser surface area. They will turn slightly golden on th edges once they are done.


  13. Once all the cookies are baked, let them sit on the hot baking trays for 10 minutes as they crisp up. Then move them on the cooling rack and let them cool down completely.


  14. Warm the jam just the little bit. Take all the bottom cookies and spread some jam on each cookie.


  15. Dust the tops of the cut out cookies with some icing sugar. Place the top cookies on the jam covered ones and make cookie sandwiches. Be careful not to smudge the icing sugar while making the cookie sandwiches.



  16. They keep fresh in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is a light, non fried snack. You can even call it a savory trail mix of sorts. It pairs well with some tea or coffee. This is very easy to make and tastes absolutely yummy! 🙂 

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is super yummy. It’s so addictive, I, for one can’t seem to stop munching on this if I’ve made some of this chivda. I make a large batch thinking it will last me a week or more, but I seem to finish it within 2-3 days! I guess the only reason why I particularly love this chivda is because it barely has any oil as opposed to the store bought variants.

The store bought chivdas are a strict no for me, simply because find them oily and too salty. My Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda on the other hand is light as air!

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda 

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is actually a family recipe. I’ve simply followed what my Mom instructed me to go on adding to make this chivda. I’ve been eating it since I was a kid, first at my maternal granny’s place because my aunts made the best chivda ever! Then my Mom would make the same thing back home too.

So, I had to learn to make it post my marriage simply because I missed it! After I had made it a couple of times, I realized that is easier to make this than kneading a dough!

This comparison because in my initial months of cooking, some 6 and half odd years ago, I had a terrible time kneading a dough for roti or paratha! So being able to knead a decent dough became my benchmark for the first few months, lol!! Yes, I had a tough time with that. Gladly, that’s behind me now and it’s safe to say I make the best rotis ever!! My Mom and the mister, have both given their nods! Rather enthusiastically, I’d say! 😉

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda can made in many ways. Every family has a different recipe even if they differ ever so slightly!! The thing is I have reduced the additives or the munchies that can go in this chivda or trail mix. Simply because the more munchies I needed to add meant the more frying it involved. That definitely meant all the more oil!

So I stick to munchies that can be pan roasted, but if you have an air fryer then you can add any number of fryums, munchies, etc. I don’t so I refrain from going over with them.

Anyways, let’s get going then. There maybe way too many steps to be followed here but trust me, it makes the job easier. It’s a bit involved but definitely a 30-40 minute task for a week full of yumminess! 😉

Sieve the murmura/ puffed rice once.

Heat a large heavy bottomed wok. Dry roast the sieved murmura/ puffed rice until golden and crisp. This takes about 7-8 minutes on low flame.

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Remove the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in a plate and set it aside.

In the same wok, dry roast peanuts until slightly brown and crunchy.

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Remove the roasted peanuts on a plate and set them aside.

In a pan, brush some oil and roast the papads/ poppadums’ until golden.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Set the roasted papads/ poppadums’ aside too until they crisp up. Let them cool down then break them into bite sized pieces.

Now, heat the wok again and add oil.

Once the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium. Add hing/ asafoetida, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them crackle.

Next add turmeric powder and curry leaves.

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Let these crackle too for a few seconds.

Next, add the roasted peanuts. Mix well.

Then add salt to taste, red chili powder, kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt and chaat masala. Mix well.

Add the papad/ poppadum pieces. Mix gently and avoid breaking them.

Add the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in the end and mix everything well until the masala/ spices coats everything well.

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Turn off the flame. Let this chivda/ trail mix cool down completely in the wok. Transfer it into a clean and dry glass jar or a stainless steel/ airtight container. It keeps fresh for 3-4 weeks if the container is kept tightly closed and away from humidity.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

You can add more fryums, potato sticks, etc. to this chivda/ trail mix if you like.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is a non fried, easy to make snack for Diwali, Holi or for everyday tea time munching.

Ingredients

  • 250 gms murmura/ puffed rice
  • 1 cup peanuts (keep the skin on)
  • 3-4 papads/ poppadums''
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • a pinch of hing/ asafoetida
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • kala namak/ pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala

Instructions

  1. Sieve the murmura/ puffed rice once.
  2. Heat a large heavy bottomed wok. Dry roast the sieved murmura/ puffed rice until golden and crisp. This takes about 7-8 minutes on low flame.
  3. Remove the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in a plate and set it aside.
  4. In the same wok, dry roast peanuts until slightly brown and crunchy.
  5. Remove the roasted peanuts on a plate and set them aside.
  6. In a pan, brush some oil and roast the papads/ poppadums' until golden.
  7. Set the roasted papads/ poppadums' aside too until they crisp up. Let them cool down then break them into bite sized pieces.
  8. Now, heat the wok again and add oil.
  9. Once the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium. Add hing/ asafoetida, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them crackle.
  10. Next add turmeric powder and curry leaves.
  11. Let these crackle too for a few seconds.
  12. Next, add the roasted peanuts. Mix well.
  13. Then add salt to taste, red chili powder, kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt and chaat masala. Mix well.
  14. Add the papad/ poppadum pieces. Mix gently and avoid breaking them.
  15. Add the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in the end and mix everything well until the masala/ spices coats everything well.
  16. Turn off the flame. Let this chivda/ trail mix cool down completely in the wok. Transfer it into a clean and dry glass jar or a stainless steel/ airtight container. It keeps fresh for 3-4 weeks if the container is kept tightly closed and away from humidity.

Notes

You can add more fryums, potato sticks, etc. to this chivda/ trail mix if you like.

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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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Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is rich, creamy and delicious Indian sweet that has a great texture. It is absolutely melt in the mouth good and very addictive ;P 

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is very easy to make and needs very little prepping. A traditional occasion like Ganesh Chaturthi calls for a special treat, these kesar modaks fit the bill perfectly! The aroma of modaks by itself reminds of Ganesha ji and I can’t seem to stop at one! 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi festivities and about 100 modaks later, I’m still game for some more!!

The variety that one finds with modaks these days in sweet marts is infinite. All sorts of flavors and colors are really so tempting. But what intrigues me the most is the shape of these modaks. I just love how beautiful they look, the perfection behind each Modak is so breath taking! Anyways, you can achieve that with the moulds that are available these days in shops.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is made easily using just a few ingredients from the pantry. This means you can make these to offer to the Lord during the festivities without much difficulty. Times of festivities are pretty busy in any Indian household and being to whisk up traditional goodies in the comfort of your home is priceless.

These modaks do not have preservatives or any kind of flavor enhancing agents, hence they are the healthy way to go. Since I’m fond of the basic flavored modaks rather than the fusion ones, I’ll share the recipe of kesar modaks. This recipe is adapted from my recipe for basic Burfi.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Let’s start with bringing all the ingredients to room temperature.

Break mawa/ khoya into pieces. Heat a large pan.

Place these pieces in the pan, let them melt on low flame.

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Once the mawa has melted, add powdered sugar, kesar dissolved in milk, cardamom powder and food color. Mix well.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Keep stirring on low flame until the sugar dissolves. The mixture will loosen up some more as the sugar melts into it. Keep stirring continuously on low flame.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

The mixture will become frothy. Do not stop stirring.

Keep stirring on low flame for the next 8-10 minutes.

This mixture will thicken now and leave the sides of the pan. It’s consistency should be like that of a loose dough.

Remove it in a plate and let it come to room temperature.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

This mixture will be like a dough, using the moulds, make modaks of any size you prefer.

Follow the steps in the below pictures to make the perfect shapes. I’ve used modaks moulds.

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Use a little ghee to grease these moulds to enable easy unmolding once they have take the shapes.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Serve these fresh and enjoy the soft, delicious modaks and offer them to Lord Ganesha.

Let these modaks sit in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before serving if the climate is very hot and humid.

They stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10 large or 15 small modaks

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is rich, creamy and delicious Indian sweet. We have used just 5 ingredients to make these.

Ingredients

  • 200 gms mawa/ khoya
  • 7 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • few strands of saffron/ kesar dissolved in
  • 3 tsp. warm milk
  • 2 drops yellow food color, gel based (optional)
  • ghee to grease the moulds

Instructions

  1. Let's start with bringing all the ingredients to room temperature.
  2. Break mawa/ khoya into pieces. Heat a large pan.
  3. Place these pieces in the pan, let them melt on low flame.
  4. Once the mawa has melted, add powdered sugar, kesar dissolved in milk, cardamom powder and food color. Mix well.
  5. Keep stirring on low flame until the sugar dissolves. The mixture will loosen up some more as the sugar melts into it. Keep stirring continuously on low flame.
  6. The mixture will become frothy. Do not stop stirring.
  7. Keep stirring on low flame for the next 8-10 minutes.
  8. This mixture will thicken now and leave the sides of the pan. It's consistency should be like that of a loose dough.
  9. Remove it in a plate and let it come to room temperature.
  10. This mixture will be like a dough, using the moulds, make modaks of any size you prefer.
  11. Follow the steps in the above pictures to make the perfect shapes. I've used modaks moulds.
  12. Use a little ghee to grease these moulds to enable easy unmolding once they have take the shapes.
  13. Serve these fresh and enjoy the soft, delicious modaks and offer them to Lord Ganesha.
  14. Let these modaks sit in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before serving if the climate is very hot and humid.
  15. They stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Notes

Use color if you prefer. It's important to cook this mixture on low flame, else this will simply burn. Increase the quantity of sugar if you prefer these more sweeter.

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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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Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast is my all time favorite sandwich!! It’s spicy, filled with gooey cheese and a bit of crunch from the capsicum makes it so filling and irresistible! 

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast is so easy to make, with simple, everyday ingredients. Perfect for breakfast or quick lunch/ brunch. Or even to pack some for your kids lunchbox, etc. I can practically have these everyday 🙂 and there was a time I really did it almost everyday.

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast as I said is my favorite sandwich after Bombay Masala Toast Sandwich. These chilli cheese grills were my staple snack back in day when I was in my college days. My college was in Fort, Mumbai and we had some of the best street food right around my college. My friends and I were regulars around this particular sandwich stall and this sandwich was my go to order. In fact that vendor knew I’d order these more often than any order sandwich! Lol!! I was so in love with it that I watched him make them every time and even learnt it quickly!

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

I came home on one such occasion and I was keen to give this recipe a go, not myself though 😉 I gave the recipe to my Mom, and she nailed it, it tasted so good, I knew I’d have them at home too! I was glad my Mom always had the basic ingredients for any snack at home! She can practically still whisk up anything I like to eat, all I need to do is ask :)…Moms are this way, aren’t they!?

Anyways, let’s get on with the recipe.

In a bowl, add finely chopped onion, green chilies and green bell pepper (capsicum).

Add grated cheese, black pepper powder, salt to taste, green chutney, sandwich masala and chat masala.

Mix these well.

Apply butter on two slices of bread, apply some green chutney as well.

Spread the mixture evenly on one of the buttered slices. Spread the mixture till the corners too.

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Grate more cheese if you like. Place the other buttered slice over the slice with the mixture.

Heat the griller, apply butter and place the sandwich. Apply more butter on the top.

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Grill until golden brown and crisp. Apply some more butter and serve hot with some ketchup/ mayonnaise or any chutney.

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Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2-3 sandwiches

Spicy, buttery, filled with the goodness of fresh veggies and oozing with cheese, Chilli Cheese Toast is yummiest sandwich! Enjoy these for breakfast or for a light meal, it's very filling and healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 nos. large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 nos. large green bell pepper (capsicum), finely chopped
  • 2 tsp chopped green chili
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sandwich masala (available in local stores)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • butter, as needed to butter the bread and grill the sandwiches
  • 6 slices of bread (I used white sandwich bread)
  • green chutney green chutney as needed

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add finely chopped onion, green chilies and green bell pepper (capsicum).
  2. Add grated cheese, black pepper powder, salt to taste, green chutney, sandwich masala and chat masala.
  3. Mix these well.
  4. Apply butter on two slices of bread, apply some green chutney as well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly on one of the buttered slices. Spread the mixture till the corners too.
  6. Grate more cheese if you like. Place the other buttered slice over the slice with the mixture.
  7. Heat the griller, apply butter and place the sandwich. Apply more butter on the top.
  8. Grill until golden brown and crisp. Apply some more butter and serve hot with some ketchup/ mayonnaise or any chutney.

Notes

Sandwich masala is an optional ingredient.

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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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Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe is one of the most popular dips or accompaniments served with idlis, dosas or wadas across all Udupi style restaurants in Mumbai. It tastes very delicious and is very simple to nail! 🙂 

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe even pairs deliciously with some Adai dosa which is made with mixed lentils and rice. It needs no fermentation either and is rather healthy 🙂 Coming to this white coconut chutney, it really looks very simple and almost plain Jane kinds but that’s not true. One spoonful of this stuff and you will be addicted! It has a mild punch and an tangy aftertaste, you’ll soon know how??! 😉

Before I forget, this crispy, golden brown dosa in the pictures is made using my no-fail homemade Idli-dosa batter, recipe for which is right here!

Also, try my recipes for,

Tomato Onion Chutney
Green Coconut Chutney
Instant Tiffin Style Sambhar

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe uses the most basic pantry essentials and takes under 30 minutes to prepare from scratch!  The only difficult part (for me) is to get that coconut out of its shell! My trusty help almost always is around to do the task and from there on I’m pretty comfortable 😉

Anyways, if you’ve tasted this chutney before over at a Udupi joint, you’ll know that the texture is really smooth and the consistency is slightly thin and runny. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Make it too thick and you wont like the texture. Make it too runny and it will drown your Idli/ dosa. So just eyeball the quantity of water while you are grinding this chutney!

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Looks interesting right??!!! But the most interesting part is that my Mom can break a coconut in two clean portions in one shot! I witnessed it just last week when she was visiting me! Bammm! And we have two halves! Just like that 🙂 Mummy ka magic, lol! They looked so good, I did an impromptu ingredient flat lay, styled and shot, all in under 5 minutes flat! You gotta do what you gotta do 😉

Anyways, let’s do this.

For the Chutney

Break the coconut, wash it and chop it or grate it. Set it aside.

Heat oil in a small tadka pan. Sauté the white lentils (tukda urad dal) in the oil until it’s aromatic but make sure it doesn’t turn brown. It should remain pale.

Next, take the coconut, sautéed lentils (urad dal) with its oil, salt to taste, dalia, tamarind pulp and water as needed to blend these into a smooth paste.

Add some more water if needed to make it slightly runny.

For the Tempering

Heat the oil in a small tadka pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds and whole red chilies. Let them splatter about for a minute and the add this to the chutney. Mix well. Serve with Idli or dosa.

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 200 grams approximately

A typical, easy to make, everyday South Indian accompaniment made with fresh coconuts and mild spices that tastes delicious with idlis (lentil cakes), dosas (lentil crepes) and wadas (lentil fritters).

Ingredients

    For Chutney
  • 1 nos. large coconut
  • 1 tbsp. refined oil
  • 2 tsp white skinned lentil (tukda urad dal)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. dalia (split roasted chickpeas)
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind pulp
  • For Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. refined oil
  • a handful of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 4-5 nos. whole red chilies

Instructions

    For the Chutney
  1. Break the coconut, wash it and chop it or grate it. Set it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a small tadka pan. Sauté the white lentils (tukda urad dal) in the oil until it's aromatic but make sure it doesn't turn brown. It should remain pale.
  3. Next, take the coconut, sautéed lentils (urad dal) with its oil, salt to taste, dalia, tamarind pulp and water as needed to blend these into a smooth paste.
  4. Add some more water if needed to make it slightly runny.
  5. For the Tempering
  6. Heat oil in a small tadka pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds and whole red chilies. Let them splatter about for a minute and the add this to the chutney. Mix well. Serve with Idli or dosa.

Notes

Use fresh coconuts. You can add green chilies to the chutney if you wish. This chutney stays fresh for 2 days when refrigerated. Do not store in stainless steel vessels, use porcelain jars.

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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.

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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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Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows is a comfort drink like no other! It will warm you from the inside out on those chilly, foggy cold winters nights. A cup of this made with my recipe and you’ll be craving for more 🙂 

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

I feel my toes warming up just at the sight of this Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows! It has the smoothest texture and the chocolate flavor comes in every sip. I have added a bit of spice to balance the sweetness 🙂 I will insist on using good quality cocoa powder too. It will make all the difference!! Also, don’t skimp on that full fat milk, the cream, etc. because they built the flavor base. When doing a Hot Chocolate, do it right, add that fat! It’s the winters and the fats will burn off is my theory 😉

Also, the chocolate that you will into the Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows needs to be of a good quality. I’ve used a Lindt milk chocolate bar here, you could use Ghirardelli if you’ve some handy. No, don’t use cooking chocolate here if you can avoid it. I feel the cooking/ compound chocolate takes away the smoothness of the drink. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know!

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Oh and those Mini Marshmallows, you saw them in my last post. They were my best make for the year 2017 I guess 😉  They turned out better than any store bought marshmallow I’ve ever tried. I believe using a good quality vanilla extract makes all the difference. So, I topped my Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows and I was in heaven! The marshmallows melted slowly into that warm cup of goodness. It couldn’t have been better, if I may say so myself!

I will now share my method and recipe 🙂
Keep all the ingredients at room temperature.
Bring milk to a slow boil in a heavy bottom pan.
Add the cream and stir gently.
Add the sugar and stir gently.
Once the sugar has melted completely, add the cocoa powder. Whisk gently to incorporate.
Next, add the chopped chocolate. Ensure that the flame is on sim/ lowest setting.
Gently mix the chocolate to ensure it melts into the milk.
Add the spices. Mix well. Turn off the flame.
Serve these piping hot in mugs/ cups of your choice, topped with some marshmallows

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows is a heart warming, cozy drink that you must make for those chilly evenings!

Ingredients

  • 2 + 1/2 cups full fat milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • sugar to taste
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate (I used Lindt milk chocolate)
  • a pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
  • marshmallows as needed for topping

Instructions

  1. Keep all the ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Bring milk to a slow boil in a heavy bottom pan.
  3. Add the cream and stir gently.
  4. Add the sugar and stir gently.
  5. Once the sugar has melted completely, add the cocoa powder. Whisk gently to incorporate.
  6. Next, add the chopped chocolate. Ensure that the flame is on sim/ lowest setting.
  7. Gently mix the chocolate to ensure it melts into the milk.
  8. Add the spices. Mix well. Turn off the flame.
  9. Serve these piping hot in mugs/ cups of your choice, topped with some marshmallows
  10. You can dust some cocoa powder or add a stick of cinnamon.

Notes

I've used Lindt milk chocolate for this as it is very smooth in a drink like this. You can use Compound milk chocolate if you prefer. Spices are not compulsory, omit them as you please. You can add more or less of chocolate and cocoa powder as per your preference.

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