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Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is one of my favorite snacks or quick fix meals. It is super spicy, has a ton of texture and every bite is full of flavor. I am sharing an easy recipe to make this at home using sprouted legumes. 

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is a staple breakfast or snack in all of Maharashtra, specially in Pune, Mumbai  and Kolhapur. It is everyone’s favorite go to snack after vada pav!! Misal is basically a curry, slightly thinner in consistency and is made with sprouted legumes. The Kolhapuri version (Kolhapur is a city in Maharashtra) curry has a lot of spice, it is basically red in color because of all the red chili powder, often known as tambda ( which means red in Marathi). The Puneri version is a bit milder, I have tasted it just once and honestly, I didn’t like it! So I have not got much information on that to go on about.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is served in a very typical way. I simply love how a basic stainless steel platter with sections is used to serve this fiery curry along with pav bread (again a staple in Maharashtra), topped with finely chopped onions and a generous handful of chivda or mixture (spicy Indian Trail mixes). I mean this combo is definitely not for the faint hearted. Kolhapuri Misal is fire! It’s often nicknamed zhanzhanit (meaning extremely spicy and hot in Marathi). True to that, this dish is very spicy and hot! I mean look at the fiery color of the kat (the teekhat or spicy gravy of the curry) that is served on the side to be added while enjoying with Pav.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is made using a very typical Maharashtrian spice mix called Misal Masala. I have used a store bought mix which I purchased here in Mumbai itself. Try to buy this mix from a typical Maharashtrian area or brand. That will ensure authentic flavor. Also, this recipe does call for a little more oil and spices and there no alternate to that, so I will follow the authentic way of making it!

Recipe link to home made Pav. However have used store bought for these pictures;)

Let us make some Misal!!

Wash and pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 2-3 whistles in 3 cups of salted water. Set this aside.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Take a large wok, heat oil. Once it is hot, add asafoetida and cumin. Let them splutter for a minute.

Then add finely chopped onions. ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté until they turn golden brown.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Next, add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix them well and sauté them for 5-6 minutes.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.

Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.

Once the oil floats, add the boiled sprouts and th water in which it was boiled in. Also add extra water if need to make a thin gravy.

Mix everything well, let this come a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Once ready, serve in individual plates with some pav. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a handful of mixture, chopped onions and a lemon wedge. Serve piping hot.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 3-4

A spicy, flavorful Maharashtrian snack, Misal Pav is absolutely mouthwatering. It is vegan and gluten free and comes together in minutes!

Ingredients

  • 300 gms mixed sprouts (I have used store bought)
  • 3 cups water + extra to correct the consistency of the gravy
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • a pinch of asafoetida/ hing
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 nos. large onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 3 nos. large ripe tomatoes. finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1.5 tsp. cumin powder
  • 3 tsp. Misal masala
  • mixed mixture/ chivda + few lemon wedges + chopped onions + chopped coriander for garnish
  • Pav bread to serve as sides

Instructions

  1. Wash and pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 2-3 whistles in 3 cups of salted water. Set this aside.
  2. Take a large wok, heat oil. Once it is hot, add asafoetida and cumin. Let them splutter for a minute.
  3. Then add finely chopped onions. ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté until they turn golden brown.
  4. Next, add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix them well and sauté them for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.
  6. Once the oil floats, add the boiled sprouts and th water in which it was boiled in. Also add extra water if need to make a thin gravy.
  7. Mix everything well, let this come a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Once ready, serve in individual plates with some pav.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a handful of mixture, chopped onions and a lemon wedge. Serve piping hot.

Notes

Tastes best when served hot and fresh.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s get baking.

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

Preheat the oven @160’c.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fold everything together. Do not over-mix.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9"loaf

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

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

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

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

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

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

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

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Let’s make some piping hot soup 🙂

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

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

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

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

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

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

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

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

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

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

This soup is best consumed fresh.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s move on to the recipe.

Preheat the oven @180’c.

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

Add 1/4 cup of milk and whisk again.

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

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

Whisk well.

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

Add grated khoya/ mawa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9"loaf

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

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

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

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

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

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

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

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

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

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

Let’s get cracking!

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

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

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

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

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

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

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 5" round cake

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

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

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

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

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

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

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

Let’s make some pops…

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

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Prep Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 4-5 pops

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Wash the jamuns. Wash a handful of mint leaves.
  2. Boil water in a pan.
  3. Season the boiling water with salt. Add sugar, mint leaves and the jamuns.
  4. Let them boil together until the jamuns become mushy and soft.
  5. Turn off the flame, let this concoction come to room temperature.
  6. Sieve the concoction and collect the puree in a bowl.
  7. Discard the mint leaves along with the jamun seeds and leftover peels, etc.
  8. Add lemon juice, kala namak, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala to the pulp.
  9. Mix well.
  10. You can add more sugar if needed as per your taste.
  11. Pour this mixture into popsicle moulds and add an ice cream stick.
  12. Set them in the refrigerator for 7-8 hours to let them set.
  13. Once set, unmould and enjoy.
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Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

 Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits are crispy, crunchy and very delicious on their own or with some Indian style ‘chai’. These biscuits have originated in the state of Punjabi but has become very popular all over the country.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Wholewheat Biscuits

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits are a staple in most tea shops around India. Even in most households, these biscuits find a home as they are delicious and very light as well. These biscuits are an Indian take on the classic English shortbread biscuits. However, they are made without butter and all purpose flour. Hence they have a slightly dense texture and they are so crumbly.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits has been one of my favorites from when I was a teenager and I’d have these when my Mom got them from a nearby Punjabi grocery stores. Somehow, I had never really liked them before and then, all of a sudden, I just fell in love with them! Have you had these with milk?! Oh they taste amazing 🙂

These are made with just 5 ingredients! I didn’t even need any whisking machine or any fancy equipment to make the dough. This biscuit dough doesn’t need to be chilled either before being baked. So that means this is a quick, instant biscuit that you can whisk up as and when you like.

Let’s bake!

Preheat the oven @ 160’c for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, take ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat BiscuitsBakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Whisk together the sugar with the ghee until they are well incorporated. This mixture does not have to be very light and fluffy.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Next, add the baking powder and half of the whole wheat flour.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Whisk gently and add the remaining whole wheat flour.

Add milk a little at a time and make a soft, pliable dough.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

I have used a chakli/ cookie press (the ribbed plate to shape these cookies).

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Divide the into two equal haves, shape it into logs. Fill one log into the chakli/ cookie press and shape the cookies, keep each cookie about 1 inch -1 1/2 inch long.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Bake them @160’c for 15-16 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.

Once baked, cool them on a cooling rack for a few minutes. They turn crisp quite quickly.

I’ve shared the ingredients in cup/ tablespoons but please be careful, they are approximate measures. It’s best to use ingredients in grams.

1+1/4 cup Atta/ wholewheat flour

1/4 cup ghee

12 tbsp powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

3/4 tsp baking powder

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 30 biscuits approx.

Made with whole wheat flour, these crispy, crunchy and egg free biscuits are light and addictive and pair fabulously with chai!

Ingredients

  • 150 grams whole wheat flour (Atta)
  • 60 gms ghee (clarified butter) at room temperature, not melted
  • 90 gms powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml milk approx.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 160'c for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, take ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.
  3. Whisk together the sugar with the ghee until they are well incorporated.
  4. This mixture does not have to be very light and fluffy.
  5. Next, add the baking powder and half of the whole wheat flour.
  6. Whisk gently and add the remaining whole wheat flour.
  7. Add milk a little at a time and make a soft, pliable dough.
  8. I have used a chakli/ cookie press (the ribbed plate to shape these cookies).
  9. Divide the into two equal haves, shape it into logs.
  10. Fill one log into the chakli/ cookie press and shape the cookies, keep each cookie about 1 inch -1 1/2 inch long.
  11. Bake them @160'c for 15-16 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  12. Once baked, cool them on a cooling rack for a few minutes. They turn crisp quite quickly.

Notes

These cookies stay fresh for 5-6 days in an airtight container. The dough doesn't need to be chilled before baking. If you don't have a cookie press, roll the dough and slice it any shape before baking them.

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Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

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

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

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

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

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

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

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

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

Now we start the step by step recipe.

For the Batter.

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

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.

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

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

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

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

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

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

To Steam. 

Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.

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

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

Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.

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

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

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

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

For the Tempering.

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

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

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8-9 pieces

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Some recipes are so satisfying that you wish to make them again and again. Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe is one such breakfast option for us. Easy to make and needs barely 30 minutes of prepping. 

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

These Rava Idlis are soft, fluffy and very delicious 🙂 I usually pair this with Sambhar and sometimes with coconut chutney (all 3 of them are my Mom’s recipe). I can live on them! The Sambhar is also an instant recipe. All one has to do is pressure cook everything! Yes, it’s a kind of a tiffin Sambhar. The chutney, now that’s something which is so delicious, it’s a no brainer and take 10 minutes!! An entire breakfast spread in an hour, tops! Weekend goals??! Sorted!

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Yes, I like a ton of curry leaves in my South Indian cooking. And rightly so! It adds such a depth of flavor and a ton  of earthiness. I love it 🙂 Oh and yes, the little veggies that you see floating in my Sambhar are small florets of cauliflower, small carrot sticks and some French beans. You can add pumpkin, ash gourd or even some brinjals if you wish to add more veggies.

Coming to the Rava Idli recipe, it’s basically really simple. But as every simple recipe out there, this one too needs a bit of focus. The proportion is everything! Mess that and you’ll not get these beautiful white Rava idlis.

We will start with the recipe for the Idli.
First, we will dry roast the Rava/ semolina for 3-5 minutes. Ensure that the flame is on a low setting.
The color of the Rava/ semolina must not change.
Next, add curd and salt to the toasted Rava/ semolina.
Mix well. Add water and eno fruit salt.

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe
Mix well until smooth.
Cover the bowl and let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
Pour the batter into Idli plates and place in the Idli cooker which has an inch of water boiling at its base.
Steam the idlis for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.
Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe
Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Serve hot with accompaniments.

For the Sambhar
Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
Now to temper the sambhar, heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above ‘for tempering’ to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10-11 medium sized idlis

Rava Idli - A light, quick and delicious take on South Indian favorite, steamed rice and lentil cakes makes for ideal breakfast or a complete meal.

Ingredients

    Idli
  • 1 cup fine Bombay Rava/ semolina
  • 1 cup thick curd
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp eno fruit salt
  • Sambhar
  • 3/4 cup tuar/ arhar dal (skinned & split pigeon peas)
  • 2+1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup cubed lauki (bottle gourd, one can add more veggies of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 2 tsp Sambhar powder (I use MTR)
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • For tempering:
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2-3 whole ber mirchi
  • A few curry leaves

Instructions

    Idli
  1. First, we will dry roast the Rava/ semolina for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Ensure that the flame is on a low setting.
  3. The color of the Rava/ semolina must not change.
  4. Next, add curd and salt to the toasted Rava/ semolina.
  5. Mix well. Add water and eno fruit salt.
  6. Mix well until smooth.
  7. Cover the bowl and let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Pour the batter into Idli plates and place in the Idli cooker which has an inch of water boiling at its base.
  9. Steam the idlis for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.
  10. Once the idlis have steamed, remove the plates from the cooker.
  11. Let them cool for a couple of minutes before removing the idlis from their cavity.
  12. Serve with Sambhar and Chutney.
  13. Sambhar
  14. Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
  15. Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
  16. The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
  17. Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
  18. Tempering
  19. Heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above 'for tempering' to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
  20. Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

Notes

Proportions are key, so follow the recipe correctly. Do not store the batter in the refrigerator as it gives the best results when fresh.

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French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons. A macaron is a French cookie. It is a meringue based cookie, made with egg whites, almond flour, castor sugar and icing sugar.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons is one of my favorite cookies ever but definitely not too easy to recreate. It certainly takes a fair bit patience and skill. But I nailed it on my first attempt!! 🙂

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Yes!! I jumped with joy all over the place as I saw the macaron develop those ruffled feet in the oven! I couldn’t believe it for real but then again I’m pretty good at baking 😛 Hehe..! Honestly, I was determined with every last bone in my body to nail it and it happened!

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

French Macarons should essentially have a smooth top, ruffled feet and a flat base. The texture should be crisp on the outside and soft and chewy within. That is the perfect French Macaron!

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

See the picture above, that is how they should look when bit into one. I nailed them taste wise as well. I wasn’t sure if they would be chewy, but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words 🙂 I wanted a chocolate buttercream filling, it’s my favorite when I think of Macarons! Next on the list would be chocolate ganache!

I can say one thing before I start the recipe, please follow the recipe and the measures correctly. I can’t say for sure if you’ll nail it in the first go but do give your honest 100% to it. This recipe worked for me and I plan on holding on to it. I’ll also make other flavors using it as the base for the shells.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

That’s a close up of the mac! This is the exact texture, up close 🙂 Are you tempted?! :p

Let’s start the recipe and the steps. Please follow them.
Macaron Shell
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. I used 2 sheets as I wasn’t sure how much many shells would fit on one sheet.


Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl with an electric whisk until they are foamy (takes about 2 minutes).
Slowly add the white sugar (I used castor sugar) into the egg whites.
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Beat again till the mixture is foamy and holds stiff peaks (takes about 5 minutes).
Sift together the almond flour and the confectioner’s sugar in a separate bowl. Discard any bits left behind.
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Add 1/2 of the sifted flour to the meringue and fold gently in 4-5 folds.
Add the remaining half of the flour and fold gently.
I did about 37-38 folds to ensure the correct consistency. The batter should be like slow flowing lava. It depends on everyone’s manual strength as to how many folds it may take to get the batter right.
(Do not over the batter. It could spoil the cookies and turn them flat. Under mixing also spoils the batter and the cookies crack while baking).

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Once the batter is ready, fill it in a piping bag.
Pipe cookies in round circles of about 1.5″ in diameter. Pipe each cookie at a distance of 2″. I piped around 15 cookies.
Bang the baking sheet on the counter a few times to ensure all the air bubbles are released.
Let the baking sheets sit on the counter for 30-40 minutes until the piped cookies develop a shiny, hard skin on top of them.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
Preheat the oven at 160’c.
Bake them for  18-20 minutes in the center of the oven. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 30-40 minutes.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

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Chocolate Buttercream Filling
Cream the butter using an electric whisk. Add vanilla extract.
Then add icing sugar. Whisk again.
Add some milk if the filling is too thick or add some icing sugar if the filling is too runny.
Fill the buttercream in a piping bag.
Pipe buttercream in between two cookies and make sandwiches.
French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons
They keep fresh for 3 days at room temperature.

French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 7-8 macarons

Ingredients

    Macaron Shell
  • 2 nos. large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup/ 71 gms almond flour
  • 1 cup/ 125 gms Confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar (white sugar)
  • Chocolate Buttercream Filling
  • 1/2 stick soft unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk (approx.)
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

    Macaron Shell
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. I used 2 sheets as I wasn't sure how much many shells would fit on one sheet.
  2. Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl with an electric whisk until they are foamy (takes about 2 minutes).
  3. Slowly add the white sugar (I used castor sugar) into the egg whites.
  4. Beat again till the mixture is foamy and holds stiff peaks (takes about 5 minutes).
  5. Sift together the almond flour and the confectioner's sugar in a separate bowl. Discard any bits left behind.
  6. Add 1/2 of the sifted flour to the meringue and fold gently in 4-5 folds.
  7. Add the remaining half of the flour and fold gently.
  8. I did about 37-38 folds to ensure the correct consistency. The batter should be like slow flowing lava. It depends on everyone's manual strength as to how many folds it may take to get the batter right.
  9. (Do not over the batter. It could spoil the cookies and turn them flat. Under mixing also spoils the batter and the cookies crack while baking).
  10. Once the batter is ready, fill it in a piping bag.
  11. Pipe cookies in round circles of about 1.5" in diameter. Pipe each cookie at a distance of 2". I piped around 15 cookies.
  12. Bang the baking sheet on the counter a few times to ensure all the air bubbles are released.
  13. Let the baking sheets sit on the counter for 30-40 minutes until the piped cookies develop a shiny, hard skin on top of them.
  14. Preheat the oven at 160'c.
  15. Bake them for 18-20 minutes in the center of the oven. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 30-40 minutes.
  16. Chocolate Buttercream Filling
  17. Cream the butter using an electric whisk. Add vanilla extract.
  18. Then add icing sugar. Sift in the cocoa powder. Whisk again.
  19. Add some milk if the filling is too thick or add some icing sugar if the filling is too runny.
  20. Fill the buttercream in a piping bag.
  21. Pipe buttercream in between two cookies and make sandwiches.
  22. They keep fresh for 3 days at room temperature.

Notes

Always sift the ingredients as mentioned above. It gives a smooth finish to the cookies. Resting the piped cookies is essential for the feet to form while baking. Use ready almond flour as it is ground very fine. Making the flour at home is not nearly as perfect. I have baked on baking sheets of the exact same kind. Hence the cookies baked evenly and took the same amount of time to bake.

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French Macarons with Chocolate Buttercream Filling | Vanilla Macarons

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Adapted from Martha Stewart’s basic French Macarons recipe. I even saw a few YouTube videos to learn the method for piping the Macarons.

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