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Rustic Banana Bread With Yogurt

Rustic Banana Bread is a great idea for breakfast and adding yogurt makes it much more moist and delicious!

Rustic Banana Bread

I can bet this Rustic Banana Bread will become one of your favorite breakfast options soon! I’ve added some roughly chopped walnuts and almonds to add more flavor and fiber to this bread. The yogurt is seriously the star, I will call it the moist-maker here! 🙂 This bread is perfect for those mid-day hunger pangs or for packing a lunch box for kids. Slice the bread, toast it and slather it with some butter or your favorite jam/ spread! Yum!! You could even serve this as a light tea cake too. It’s rustic and looks gorgeous without making any efforts.

Rustic Banana Bread

I usually avoid buying bananas as neither my hubby nor I have bananas on everyday basis and they tend to sit on my kitchen counter and turn mushy and dark. In other words, the foundation for some of the most delicious bakes/ cakes that you can enjoy. This bread had no different beginnings, humble ingredients and absolute spectacular results! This bread tasted so great even on the second day 🙂

Rustic Banana Bread

I’ve shared many banana breads/ cakes earlier too and they’ve all been loved by the readers! I’ll suggest you make this one son as well! I came across this recipe on another blog and I’ve already made it twice, it’s that awesome! What I particularly loved about this recipe is it is very easy to customize it further. I’ll soon be adding some pecans and cranberries the next time around I’m making this 🙂

Rustic Banana Bread

Let’s make this bread right away, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature..

Pre- heat the oven to 180′ C. Brush a 9 inch X 5 inch loaf tin with some butter and line with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, almond meal, baking powder, demerara sugar, salt. Mix well with a whisk.

In a separate mixing bowl, blend together mashed bananas, refined oil, and yoghurt. Then add this mixture to the flour mixture. Fold the chopped walnuts and almonds and pour the batter into baking tin. Top up with banana split lengthwise (optional).

Rustic Banana Bread

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted to the center of the bread comes out clean. If the bread begins to look too brown on the top after the first 30 minutes, then cover the top with some aluminum foil. Cool the bread for 10-15 minutes before removing from the tin. Place the bread on a cooling rack and cool for a further 30 minutes before slicing the bread.

Rustic Banana Bread

The bread keeps fresh for 2 days in a bread saver/ tin.

Rustic Banana Bread

Rustic Banana Bread With Yogurt

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Rustic Banana Bread is a great idea for breakfast and adding yogurt makes it much more moist and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 200 gms or 1.5 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 25 gms or 4 tbsp. ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 65 gms or 16 tbsp. demerara sugar
  • 4-5 walnuts (chopped)
  • 4-5 almonds (chopped)
  • 50 gms or 4 tbsp refined oil
  • 3 medium ripe bananas (plus one extra to put on top, optional)
  • 100 gms or 6.5 tbsp yogurt (I used homemade)

Instructions

  1. Pre- heat the oven to 180' C.
  2. Brush a 9 inch X 5 inch loaf tin with some butter and line with baking paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, almond meal, baking powder, demerara sugar, salt. Mix well with a whisk.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, blend together mashed bananas, refined oil, and yoghurt.
  5. Then add this mixture to the flour mixture.
  6. Fold the chopped walnuts and almonds and pour the batter into baking tin.
  7. Top up with banana split lengthwise (optional).
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted to the center of the bread comes out clean.
  9. If the bread begins to look too brown on the top after the first 30 minutes, then cover the top with some aluminum foil.
  10. Cool the bread for 10-15 minutes before removing from the tin.
  11. Place the bread on a cooling rack and cool for a further 30 minutes before slicing the bread.

Notes

This bread is very mildly sweet but works well for us. Add more sugar if you would like it a bit more sweeter. The bread keeps fresh for 2 days in a bread saver/ tin. If the bread begins to look too brown on the top after the first 30 minutes, then cover the top with some aluminum foil. The original recipe has all the measures in grams only, I've tried to convert them to the best of my capacity to enable you to try this recipe. Use ingredients in grams for best results.

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Rustic Banana Bread

I even served this bread with some chocolate ice-cream for dessert the other night, warm slices of bread with icy cool ice-cream was so good!! Look at the texture of the bread, it’s moist and holds together very well 🙂 I hope you’ll try this one soon.

Love,

Shreya 😀

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Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

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

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

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

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

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

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

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

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

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

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

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

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

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

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

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

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

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

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

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

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

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

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

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

Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 450 grams approximately

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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

Love,

Shreya

Adapted from You Tube – Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe.

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Hello everyone! It’s been sometime I wrote something new here….about time, isn’t it?! 😀 So let’s make something quick for your breakfast today! I bring to you Chai Spice Homemade Granola – which is Vegan and Glutenfree 👌🏼👌🏼 sound good? ….yes, it tastes good as well! Besides, the whole point is that eating fresh and healthy is so easy and quick.

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Looks good?! Lol! I’m always looking at options for healthy and easy to do breakfast fixes for my hubby. He loves his muesli or granola with some warm milk along with his beloved ‘chai’ that has been brewed with ‘chai‘ spice (an aromatic blend of various whole spices like cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon to name a few…I promise I’ll do a post on that soon). You guys already know he’s a tea-addict and his mornings must start with huge mug of steaming ‘chai‘ :)….I happily indulge him!

Obviously, he won’t have granola everyday…on other days he enjoys some hot and spicy Aloo ke Parathe (Indian flatbread stuffed with spicy mashed potatoes). Well, i must say that they happen to my absolute favorite breakfast in the whole wide world!!! I usually pair them with some Restaurant Style Tandoori Chutney (also goes well with kebabs). This combo keeps us going till lunch.

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Have you tried my Makka Methi ka Paratha (Indian flatbread flavored with fenugreek greens and green chilies). Yes, our North Indian genes crave for parathas every other day….heheh!!

So, lets talk about what I wish to feed him on the other days…specially when he has a long day ahead of at work….when I know, his lunch is going to be late even though his lunch box will be sitting right on his desk (sigh)!!

I have been buying granola for the longest time now….but it had been on my to-do list since last year. So, finally sometime around February earlier this year, I gave it a shot for the first time. I had been eyeing the Build Your Own Granola ideas on Pinterest and they really give an amazing insight into how we can go about it and make them right in the comfort of your own home and ensure they are healthy and preservative-free!

Flavors…don’t even get me started on the flavors you can incorporate into your granola! I have tried some of the most amazing flavors and they all worked…my hubby, for one loved them! Since I am not a granola and milk kind of a girl, I have them with seasonal fruits…these days I am feasting on these gorgeous rainier cherries 🙂

But, since these are primarily made for my man…I wanted to try using ‘chai‘ spice for the longest time, was a bit worried if it’d be too spicy for our taste buds or would they be a bit of an experiment that could go wrong….Lol!! You know what…it works, and beautifully at that! I did add some pistachios and also threw in some dried cranberries for good measure, didn’t want the spice to overpower and the tang of the cranberries are just right.

All you need to do is add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in large bowl, make sure everything is mixed real good. Spread the mixture onto a baking tray and bake it for about 30 minutes!

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Sounds easy…doable?? Of course it is…let us learn to ‘Build our Granola’!

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: serves 2

Build your own healthy, delicious, vegan, gluten free, preservative free granola at home from scratch!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats (I used Quaker Oats)
  • 1 tsp chai spice
  • 1/4 cup pistachio
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp refined or canola oil
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @180 C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, cranberries, pistachios, chai spice,desiccated coconut, salt and sugar.
  3. Mix these well.
  4. Next, add the oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix these well.
  6. Next, spread this mixture evenly on a baking tray and bake it for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the oats turn golden in color. If you feel they aren't cooked to perfection, continue to bake for a another 10 minutes or so.
  7. Once it's baked, remove the tray from the oven and set it on a cooling rack to let the granola cool down completely. They will continue crisp up as they cool down. This granola can be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator or freezer for about 2 weeks.
  8. Enjoy these for your breakfast with some warm milk or some fresh fruits.

Notes

Every oven works differently, please adjust the baking time and temperature accordingly. After the first 15 minutes of baking, I usually take out the tray while the oven is running and stir everything around to ensure everything cooks uniformly. Be careful while you do this, ensure you are wearing oven mitts. Cool the baked granola completely before storing. You can use any nuts and dry fruits as per your preference. If you are not fond of 'chai' spice, replace it with cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder. You can use almond extract instead of vanilla extract, it tastes really nice too. I have used demrara sugar in my recipe, feel free to use brown sugar or coconut sugar in your version.

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Do try this one soon, you’ll love it!

Love,

Shreya 🙂

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Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce – Glutenfree and Vegan

It’s always better to have a go to pasta sauce recipe…this one here, happens to be mine😊 Especially during these hot summers days….when cooking up a storm isn’t exactly someone’s dream…having this ready in the refrigerator or the freezer can be a lifesaver! 😄

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There are days when I go through the entire ritual of sautéing some exotic veggies like some American sweet corn, broccoli, some snow peas and a bit of bell pepper along with some crushed garlic to go with my pasta…and then are days when all I want to do is dump the sauce with some boiled pasta and give it a quick stir and I serve it without any fancy-shmancy garnishing…just a bit of grated cheese and I am all sorted🤗

And hence, happens my quick macaroni with some spicy, vegan-Glutenfree arrabbiata sauce! Just like that….and obviously it’s one of my favourite meals👌🏼😍

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This sauce can also be used for topping up your bruschetta along with some slices of olives or just some crumbled feta cheese…..some capers, if like little bursts of salty..briny flavours….see..I have given you some ideas for your next girls’ night in…or if you’re a dude reading this here…make a bruschetta platter for your buddies as you watch the latest season of IPL ’17….or impress a lady friend with your sauve kitchen moves😉

I use this sauce for my chip-n-dip platters on movie nights with my fella…it’s healthy and definitely delicious! Follow this easy recipe for some healthy Wholewheat crackers to go with this sauce.

**Coming to how you would go about storing this sauce. I make a slightly larger batch and refrigerate it and it stays fresh for almost 10-12 days. I don’t add salt while this sauce especially when the purpose is to store it. To freeze, simply cool the sauce and pack them in small ziplock pouches and freeze them. The freezer sauce needs to be thawed at room temperature for about an hour before using it. Always remember to season it using the stored sauce. When making the sauce for immediate consumption, then do add salt as per taste.

Now, on to the recipe….

Yield: serves 2-3 persons

Equipment: a heavy bottomed saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, hand blender.

Ingredients:

3 cups blanched and roughly chopped tomatoes (choose ripe tomatoes)

3/4 cup finely chopped onions

salt to taste (I used sea salt)

freshly cracked black pepper to taste

4 tbsp olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed

a few fresh basil leaves (or use dried)

2 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

some warm water if needed to correct the consistency

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, once it is hot enough, add crushed garlic and onions. Sweat these until the onions turn translucent and the garlic turns a bit golden. Then go in the roughly chopped chopped blanched tomatoes.

Keep the flame on low, season with salt, chilli flakes, cracked black pepper, rosemary and oregano. Keep stirring these together for a few minutes to ensure the flavours blend well. Add some warm water at this stage to correct the consistency (I added about 3/4 cup), mix well and cover with a lid and let the sauce cook for about 10 mins on low flame.

Open the lid after 10 minutes, the sauce should be done by now. Turn off the flame, let the sauce cool off a bit. Then using a hand blender, blend the sauce as much as you prefer. I like my sauce a bit chunky so I don’t go overboard with the blending.

If you are making a pasta dish immediately, just add this entire sauce to about 2 cups of boiled macaroni or penne and give them a good toss. Garnish with some finely chopped fresh basil leaves and some grated cheese!

**scroll above to read about how to store this sauce.

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Do try this sauce soon…you know what? This even works as a great pizza sauce😉😉

Love,

Shreya💖

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Volcano Popsicles | Strawberry and Orange Popsicles

Yes, I am absolutely obsessed with Popsicles of any and every kind…actually anything icy! I loved chilled things, even in the dead of cold, I could never pass a chance of enjoying a Popsicle! Not ice-cream though, although my blog has many recipes for both, I am more of a Popsicle girl😋😋😍

If you ask me why not ice-creams…I don’t really have a reason. I just love the juicy and watery flavours of fruit based Popsicles! Always have….always will! They do give me bad throat infections at times but I think they worth every course of anti-biotics I’ve had over the years 😜😜😂

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Don’t they look llike your best mate for every summer afternoon!? I can have them for breakfast, lunch ….dinner!! 😉 Besides, making them is a breeze! Just pick whatever flavours you like or if you are like me…choose your fruits….summer fruits like mango, kiwis or even oranges work very well!

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But with this recipe, I will teach you how to make perfect store bought-like texture for these Popsicles. Yes, store bought Popsicles are not full of icicles in them. They are more smooth and have a very even texture, almost like a sorbet but firmer. However, if you wish can follow simple juice and freeze method tooand make Popsicles but they will have icy bits (icicles) in them. I don’t like icicles in my Popsicles and hence this recipe is good for me…I was keen to understand what ingredients goes into the store bought Popsicles, and just on the cover of each popsicle, it is mentioned ‘glucose’….so I’ve done exactly that! Liquid glucose worked so well. Obviously, I adjusted the measurements as the cover never mentioned the proportion and alongside the store bought ones have a fair bit of preservatives too. But I have used just 4 ingredients to make them!

Yield: 4 Popsicles

Equipments: a sauce pan, a juicer (if using homemade juice), measuring cups/ spoons, Popsicle mould, ice cream sticks.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pulp of fresh strawberries (I did not add sugar, you may if the berries aren’t sweet enough)

200 ml freshly squeezed orange juice (juice of approximately 5-6 oranges)

2 tbsp sugar (I used some for the orange juice as the oranges were a bit tart)

2 tbsp glucose syrup (sweetened, it’s available in any store that stocks all the baking related ingredients) or even corn syrup.

Method:

Keep the mould ready.

In a saucepan, heat orange juice for a few mins. Once it has come to a gentle boil, add the sugar. Mix well using a whisk. Next add the glucose syrup and whisk quickly. Make sure the syrup is mixed very well. Now, turn off the flame and let the orange juice cook down for a few minutes.

Next, fill about 3/4th (approximately 50 ml) of each popsicle mould with the orange juice- glucose mixture. Place the moulds in the freezer and let them set for about 2-3 hours. Remove from the freezer and insert ice-cream sticks in the center of each mould. Freeze again for about 1 hour.

Remove the moulds again from the freezer after an hour, fill each mould to it’s brim with the strawberry pulp. (I didn’t treat the strawberry pulp with the glucose syrup as the pulp doesn’t really have any icicles after freezing).

Freeze the moulds for another 3-4 hours or until the Popsicles are frozen well. To serve, dip the mould in some lukewarm water for 2 mins, gently tug the ice cream sticks and pull out the popsicle from the moulds! Voilà!!! 😍😍 enjoy!!

(Note- adding glucose syrup is optional, we can omit that as well and make basic Popsicles)

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You can follow this recipe for any fruit juice/ pulp in any combination…they are so delicious and absolutely preservative free. They keep well in the freezer for upto a week, but I suggest try to finish them and make fresh batches every few days. It’s so easy 😄

Love,

Shreya💗

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Baigan ka Bharta aur Makke ki Roti |Brinjal Mash with Maize Flour Flatbreads | Glutenfree and Vegan

Winter comes with it’s bounty…such fresh veggies and fruits everywhere, I can’t seem to get enough of them! One of my favourite things to make in winters is Makke ki Roti (maize flour flatbreads – they are vegan and gluten free). And to go with these flatbread, I am having my fill of Baigan ka Bharta these days….fresh, spicy and so full of flavours..you’d be wanting more!

I simply follow my Mom’s no-fail recipe for both these delicious things…and it’s finger licking awesome:)

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I made this combination again just this last weekend and we were in a much happy food-coma! The Makke ki Roti (ahem, please excuse my badly shaped rotis/ flatbread, I find it very difficult to give them any fixed shape or even size as the dough is gluten free and not the easiest to handle…..but I believe it’s the taste that matters in this case🤗😀). However, I try to roll them between two sheetss of cling wraps mostly…but this is the best I can manage!

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The Bharta or the mash, well it’s a whole different story….I spend all the time to make as perfect as it can get and I nail it every time 😉 Brinjal is roasted to a charred beauty and then everything starts from there.. tip – buy a lighter brinjal as they are perfect and do not have many seeds.

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Let’s get cracking…it’s not much effort…:)

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: wired roasting stand, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing bowl, a small bowl, a pair of kitchen tongs, a large mixing  bowl – for the maize dough, rolling pin, cling wraps, a pan, a spatula.

Ingredients:

For the Bharta:

1 nos. medium large, round brinjal (bharte Wala Baigan)

2 nos. medium tomato (choose ripe, juicy tomatoes)

7-8 garlic cloves

1 nos. finely chopped onion

1/4 cup mustard oil (this is what we use traditionally up North)

1 tsp finely chopped green chilli

1 tsp grated ginger

salt to taste

fresh coriander, as needed

For the Makke ke Roti:

2 cup maize flour (Makke ka atta)

salt to taste

1 tsp crushed kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)

water as needed to knead

4-5 tsp oil, for cooking the Roti/ flatbread

Method for the Bharta: 

So, right at the start I will urge you to follow the step wise pictures, they are pretty much self explanatory. I will explain in writing as and when necessary.

Wash and wipe the tomatoes and the brinjal. Set the tomatoes aside.

Keep the brinjal’s stem intact. Make an inch long slit in the brinjal. This slit must be a bit deep. Stuff the garlic cloves in this slit. Massage the entire brinjal with some mustard oil.

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Next, turn on the flame and place the wired roasting stand over the flame. Place the oiled brinjal over it and roast it well on all sides until well charred.

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While the brinjal cools down, massage the tomatoes with some oil, make a couple of small slits on each tomato and roast them too just the way we did for the brinjal.

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Now, take some water in a small bowl. Dip your fingers in the water and slowly peel the charred skin off the brinjal and tomatoes. Set them aside in a mixing bowl. Mash these together along with the garlic that was roasted within the brinjal as well. Season with salt.

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Next, add the chopped onions, chopped chillies, grated ginger, remaining mustard oil, chopped coriander leaves to the the mashed tomatoes and brinjal. Give everything a good mix! This is done!

Method for the Makke ki Roti:

In a large mixing bow, take the flour, season it with salt and kasuri methi. Mix them well. Add water as you go and knead to make a dough until everything comes together. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel for a few minutes before making the Roti/ flatbread.

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Next, take a lemon sized ball of dough,place it between two cling wrap sheets and using a rolling pin make a roti. (No pictures of these steps, I’d probably need 4 more sets of hands to do that! 😂)

Heat the pan, drizzle some oil on the pan and place the rolled Roti and cook it on both sides until well cooked and charred around the edges. Serve piping hot with Baigan ka Bharta, some pieces of jaggery and a salad.

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Isn’t that easy and absolutely yum! If you’ve liked this, do try my take on popular Bihari favourite Litti Chokha here. This Baigan Bharta goes so well with some Litti too!

Love,

Shreya 💖

Chawal ke Namak Paare

Diwali is just around the corner….and I am sure everyone’s planning what to make for our families and friends, to gift and to enjoy! Delicious, obviously everything must be delicious…and I think they ought to be healthy too….I mean as far as possible😄

So today, I am sharing a glutenfree recipe of our very famous North Indian ‘namak paare‘ (savory crisps). I don’t really think there is anyone out there who’d not like the taste and the texture of some ‘namak paare’…😋

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These ‘Chawal ke namak paare’ are very crisp and light, I was almost surprised with the flavours. To be honest, these are the result of small blunder in my kitchen from this weekend 😂..yeah!! I had to make something else with APF (Maida) and I accidentally measured out the rice flour and only when I’d started kneading the dough did I realise my mistake…well..it was quick thinking from there and I just made these crisp treats in the next half an hour! My Mom loved them…and I know so did my hubby. These taste just yum with some hot ginger tea or even as a munchy while you watch your favourite show on the television….😉

Although, these are fried…rice flour on its own absorbs very little to almost no oil and stays crisp for at least 3-4 days. I am hooked!

Let’s make them…they’re fast, easy and absolutely mess free!! So barely any cleaning up after you are done👌🏼

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: measurging cups/ spoons, a large wok, a slotted ladle, a chakli press/ kitchen press, some kitchen tissues.

Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour (Chawal ka atta)

salt to taste

a pinch of baking soda (soda bicarb)

1/2 tsp black pepper powder

5 tbsp ghee

water as needed

oil to fry

Method:

Seive rice flour in a large mixing bowl, add salt black pepper, soda bicarb and ghee.

Keep rubbing these together until the flour resembles a bread crumb like texture and it holds it’s shape when held in a fist (I do it for about 20 mins to get a crisp texture later).

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Then using little water make a hard dough. Cover the dough and let it rest for 15 mins.

Next, fill the dough in the kitchen and use the plate shown in the second picture above to make the shapes of the namak paare (as the dough is glutenfree, I wasn’t comfortable rolling it and cutting it into small diamonds, you can do so if you are able to manage to roll the dough).

Heat sufficient oil in a wok, once it’s hot, turn the flame to low. Now drop the pressed pieces of dough into the oil and fry on both sides. Remember to fry on low flame so that they cook evenly and turn crisp.

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This is what it looks like after frying ⬆️

Once done, remove from the oil and place on kitchen tissue to absorb excess oil. Let them cool off completely before storing them in airtight containers.

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If you are looking for more ideas for savory treats this Diwali, click here for crispy Rawa Chakli recipe, click here for Masala Sev recipe, click here for Khasti Mathri recipe.

Love,

Shreya💝

Chatpate Saunfia Aloo (no onion no garlic recipe)

I love potatoes! I can have them in any form except sweet 😱😱 Potatoes got to be spicy and delicious….can’t be bland and sad…! That’s what I am sharing today…awesome, spicy and so easy to make too!

Besides, it’s without any onion and garlic too…so perfect for the upcoming Indian festivals like Navratri when most of us eat food sans the onion and garlic element for 10 whole days. I won’t get into giving you the background of the festivals and the why’s and the how’s!

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This recipe can be made in many ways and enjoyed in many more too! My Mom usually makes another kind of Aloo without onion and garlic, this is inspired from her basic recipe..which by the way has way too many fans out there 😍

I have mentioned the spices that I have used, but you can always change them slightly to your preference. These potatoes can be served as starters, along with dal and some steamed rice or you can add them to any curry/ gravy and enjoy it with Phulkas (Indian flatbread).

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottom skillet or pan, a large pot, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

300 gms baby potatoes (I have used the smallest kind, you can also use regular potatoes and cut them into cubes for this recipe)

salt to taste

3 cups water

1 tbsp refined oil

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)

2-3 nos. green cardamom (choti Elaichi)

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd (bhuna jeera pwd)

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd (I used degi mirch)

1/2 tsp crushed anardaana seeds

1/4 tsp chaat masala (optional)

a pinch of Garam masala 

chopped coriander to garnish

Method:

Wash the baby potatoes well, do not peel them.

In a large pot, boil water with salt. Add these potatoes in boil until 80 percent cooked. They must not be mushy in texture. Drain the water and let the potatoes cool (skip the boiling bit if using large potatoes cut into cubes).

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Now, heat oil in the skillet. Add hing and saunf along with cardamom. Let them crackle. Next, add the dry spicies mentioned above except anardana pwd and chaat masala. Sauté them together for 2 mins. Next, tip in the potatoes and check the seasoning, add more salt if needed. Mix well and cook for about 5-8 mins (I let the skin crisp up a bit). Finally, add the anardaana pwd and/ or chaat masala (I always add a bit, tastes so good!). Turn off the heat and garnish with some chopped coriander leaves. Serve them piping hot!

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Also, try my dahi aloo (no onion garlic), phalhari Kadhai paneer (no onion garlic), Phalhari chutney (no onion garlic) or see my collection of Navratri Recipes here.

Happy Cooking folks!

Love,

Shreya💝

Brownie Muffins

Brownie…..isn’t that one word enough to make you reach out and grab a piece and then turn around the other way, all by yourself and not share with anyone! Mind you…grab a large or probably even the largest piece if possible. Happens with you?! A lot?! LoL😂 Then these Brownie Muffins are for you my friend. Err…not these ones though..you got to make your own!😜

Reason….because these were made just for my hubby..celebrating his birthday! 💖😘🎂 with these chocolaty, super fudgy and gooey brownies! Who says you must have a cake on a birthday with candles???! We have these brownies and a peck on the cheek😍

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He loves them! They are morish…slightly crisp on the top and soft within. I have just sprinkled them with some slivers of chocolate…..you can choose not to or maybe dust these with some cocoa instead. Or even keep them plain. This is kind of my go-to recipe for brownies, you can make a large brownie too, need not bother with making Muffins at all. But as I said you get a whole muffin to yourself, right 😜!

Anyways…let get started..

Yield: 6 large brownies

Equipment: a large saucepan, a heat resistant bowl, a sieve, a large mixing bowl, electric whisk (or manual), muffin tray, muffin liners, cooling rack, a rubber spatula, measuring cups/spoons (I have used a weighing scale to measure everything in grams)

Ingredients:

56 gms dark chopped cooking chocolate (I use Morde)

56 gms unsalted butter chopped roughly  (approximately 1/2 cup)

28 gms maida (all purpose flour)

18 gms unsweetened cocoa pwd

75 gms fine castor sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 nos. large egg

Method:

Pre-heat the oven @180’c for 10 mins.

Keep chopped chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl. Place water in the saucepan to boil. Once it comes to a boil, place the heat proof bowl with the chocolate and butter on top of the sauce pan. Let the chocolate and butter melt together, stir it a couple of times with a rubber spatula. Once it’s melted, set the bowl aside and let it cool.

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Next, beat the egg and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the eggs. Whisk once more. Then sieve in the cocoa powder and maida into the eggs. Add the vanilla extract too. Fold the mixture gently with a rubber spatula. Do not over mix the mixture.

Line the muffin tray with liners and fill each portion with the mixture upto 3/4 th capacity. Bake them at 180’c for 18-20 mins. Once baked, insert a toothpick in the centre of a brownie, it must come out with moist and gooey crumbs. That’s it, the Muffins are ready. Cool them on the cooling rack for a few minutes. Serve them warm with a scoop of ice cream or just enjoy them plain.

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Don’t these tempt you…😁 Also try my eggless nutties brownie.

Love,

Shreya💝

Cheesy Vegetarian Quesadilla

I am always up for Tex-Mex! Are you?! 😁 I had shared Cheesy Veg Tacos last year….just like the ones we enjoy at Taco Bell. My hubby loves them…just as much as he loves these veg quesadillas which taste better than the ones you get at your favourite Tax-Mex joint 😉 

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Whenever we visit Chilies, our favourite for Tex-Mex or even TGIF…quesadillas are definitely ordered..veg or non-veg, they are so crisp and flavourful! Cheesy..yes but that’s just a necessity. It holds the quesadillas together and adds that tartness in every bite 😀

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There can be many options for fillings in veg or non veg..I make different versions of vegetarian fillings…each better than the other….😁😁

I personally like the ones with roasted veggies and lots of chillies. But I made these one’s as per my hubby’s choice of veg fillings. If you’re waiting to try these then don’t, you are bound to love these flavours. Mexican food is very close Indian flavours and they too use a lot of spices like cumin, paprika, garlic and lots of chillies!! Perfect 👌🏼👌🏼

Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2-3

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

Ingredients:

3 nos. readymade tortillas (or even homemade thick paratha/ Indian flatbread)

Filling:

1/2 cup sweet corn

1/2 cup chopped green capsicum

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/2 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp oil

salt to taste

1 tsp cumin powder

1+1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1 tsp fresh cream

1 tsp lime juice

1/4 tsp dried thyme

Cheese as required

Method:

Heat oil in the wok. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté for a few mins. Next, add the corn and capsicum. Season with salt, red chilli pwd, thyme, cumin pwd. Mix well and cook for 5-8 mins on low flame. Turn off the heat, add cream and lime juice. Mix well and set aside.

Most of the Tex-Mex food is served with Pico de Gallo (a salsa) and some sour cream.

Ingredients for Pico de Gallo

1/2 cup each of finely chopped tomatoes & onions.

salt to taste

1/2 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies

1 tbsp lemon juice

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and set it aside to serve.

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To assemble a quesadilla:

Follow the pictures below

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First, place the cheese at the bottom, then the filling and then more cheese on top. Then fold it in half as shown above in the second picture.

Heat the pan on low flame. Place the filled and folded quesadilla on the pan. Press down slightly and toast on both side until brown and crisp. You can use oil too but I do not use any.

To serve:

Cut each quesadilla into 2 or 4 pieces and serve with Pico de Gallo and sour cream along with some wedges of fresh lime 😀

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This is the brand of tortilla that I use. Also, learn to make Tacos here.

Love,

Shreya💕

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