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The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies are my absolute weakness! It is the one dessert that I cant give up, like ever!! Gooey, fudgy in the middle, slightly chewy and oh so melt in the mouth good! It is the one brownie recipe that you need to try today! 🙂 

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies are one of the easiest recipes to put together. They taste way better than the boxed brownies which spell convenience and are just as fudgy and yummy! The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies are moist and can be frozen for about two weeks easily. They can probably be frozen for longer but they never do last that long in my home 😛

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies have the greatest texture. They remain so moist for days, all one has to do is microwave them for a couple of minutes. Serve these with vanilla ice cream and some fudge sauce!! Complete decadence! The longest that I’ve stored them in airtight containers is about a week. I found them really fresh and absolutely melt in the mouth.

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies are a one bowl wonder. I love such recipes which require minimal prepping and time. This recipe calls for the most basic ingredients which are likely to be available in your pantry.

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies call for basic ingredients as I have mentioned but please ensure they are of good quality and used in the correct quantity.

Butter is necessary for that gooey, moist and slightly chewy brownie. So use a good quality 100% butter like Amul or President, etc.

Using granulated sugar gives that signature shiny tops. I use Castor sugar which granulated yet very fine.

Cocoa powder is what we will use in this recipe. A rich yet unsweetened cocoa powder will add that bitter yet deep chocolate flavor here. We are not using chocolate as most recipes ask for compound chocolate. The compound chocolate is melted with sugar and butter. The compound chocolate, as we know has sugar and fats of it’s own is not really necessary. Hence using a rich unsweetened cocoa will work well here.

Eggs are so good at building the brownie, quite literally. A brownie has no other raising agents so eggs are the backbone here in this recipe. They ensure that the brownies have a consistent structure.

Salt and Vanilla give a boost to the flavors. Salt helps bringing out that sweetness which really helps in giving brownies that deep, almost caramelly taste.

All purpose flour is that one ingredient which seems too less in any brownie recipe but it helps the eggs is giving that consistent structure. Cakey brownies call for a lot more flour. Whereas, a good fudge brownie won’t need all that flour.

Chopped chocolate or Choco chips can be added as well when pouring the batter to bake. It is optional.

Now let us make ourselves the Best Fudge Brownies ever!

Preheat the oven @160’c. Line a 8 inch square baking tin with parchment paper and set that aside.

In a double boiler, melt together the sugar, cocoa, salt and butter until completely smooth and lump free.

Add vanilla extract and the eggs next. Whisk well until the eggs have been well incorporated.

Next add the flour and mix well at this point. Do not whisk. We don’t have to make a fluffy brownie.

Pour this batter in the ready tin.

Tap the tin a couple of times on the work surface to release any air pockets from the batter.

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Bake this at 160’c for approximately 45-50 minutes or until an toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature.

Do not bake them at a very temperature because they won’t cook through and will turn too hard.

Let them cool down completely once they are baked. Then slice them into squares.

They can be frozen for up to weeks and stored at room temperature in an airtight box for a week.

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The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

These are the best Fudge Brownies you will ever make! They are gooey, chewy and absolutely divine!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 large squares
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 145 grams unsalted butter
  • 250 grams castor sugar
  • 80 grams cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 nos. large old eggs
  • 65 grams all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @160'c. Line a 8 inch square baking tin with parchment paper and set that aside. 

  2. In a double boiler, melt together the sugar, cocoa, salt and butter until completely smooth and lump free. 

  3. Add vanilla extract and the eggs next. Whisk well until the eggs have been well incorporated.

  4. Next add the flour and mix well at this point. Do not whisk. We don't have to make a fluffy brownie. 

  5. Pour this batter in the ready tin.

  6. Tap the tin a couple of times on the work surface to release any air pockets from the batter. 

  7. Bake this at 160'c for approximately 45-50 minutes or until an toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

  8. Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature.

  9. Do not bake them at a very temperature because they won't cook through and will turn too hard. 

  10. Let them cool down completely once they are baked. Then slice them into squares.

  11. They can be frozen for up to weeks and stored at room temperature in an airtight box for a week.

Recipe Notes

Use a parchment/ baking paper to avoid the brownie from sticking to the pan.
Let the brownie cool down completely before slicing to get those prefect slices. 

Love,
Shreya 🙂

The Best Fudge Brownies | Fudge Brownies

Adapted from Inspired Taste Recipes. 

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding is light, flavorsome and easy to prepare. The lusciousness of mangoes is unbeatable and every bite is amazing! The pudding calls for few ingredients and can be made into a vegan dessert as well! 

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding is perfect to celebrate the ongoing summer season! The rich flavor from mangoes makes for an amazing base for making desserts. As we are extremely fond of mangoes, this pudding is the perfect excuse for a bite of dessert. Do you love mangoes as much as we do at our place ?!! If not then do try my 10 Minute Egg free Gelatin Free Chocolate Pudding 🙂 This chocolate pudding is again an easy dessert to put together and tastes fabulous!

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding is made without corn flour or gelatin. Although you can use these ingredients but I’ve kept things vegetarian. Besides, this recipe just calls for just 5 ingredients. It is that easy and super quick! The texture of the pudding is smooth and silky. It looks pretty and can be made ahead for a party or potluck etc.

Although you can use gelatin in place of agar agar. It won’t change the taste or the texture either.

This pudding can be made vegan as well. I have mentioned the variations below in the recipe card.

Some recipes with mangoes

Mango Mojito (non alcoholic)

Mango Kiwi Popsicles 

Mango Ice Cream (egg free, 3 ingredients)

Mango Kulfi

Raw Mango Cooler (aam panna) 

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Let us make some Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding. 

Wash, peel and chop the mangoes. Blend the mangoes with sugar until smooth and lump free.

Sieve this pureed mango and set it aside.

Heat water in a sauce pan. Add agar agar and mix well on medium heat until the agar agar has dissolved completely. Turn off the flame and set it aside.

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Heat mango puree in a pan for 3-4 minutes. Sieve the dissolved agar agar into the mango puree.

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Mix well until well combined. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Then add the cream and mix well.

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Next, add the milk and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat while stirring continuously.

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Turn off the heat. Let the cooked pudding cool off for about 5-7 minutes.

Pour the pudding mixture into individual bowls or in a large bowl.

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Let them set it the refrigerator for 7-8 hours. Serve chilled with toppings of your choice.

Egg Free No Bake Mango Pudding | Gelatin Free Mango Pudding

Ingredients –

3 nos. Alphonso mangoes (peeled and cubed)

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

10-12 strands of agar agar (8 grams approximately)

1/2 cup fresh cream (use coconut cream for vegan version)

1/4 cup milk (use coconut milk for vegan version)

Directions –

Wash, peel and chop the mangoes. Blend the mangoes with sugar until smooth and lump free.

Sieve this pureed mango and set it aside.

Heat water in a sauce pan. Add agar agar and mix well on medium heat until the agar agar has dissolved completely. Turn off the flame and set it aside.

Heat mango puree in a pan for 3-4 minutes. Sieve the dissolved agar agar into the mango puree.

Mix well until well combined. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Then add the cream and mix well.

Next, add the milk and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat while stirring continuously.

Turn off the heat. Let the cooked pudding cool off for about 5-7 minutes.

Pour the pudding mixture into individual bowls or in a large bowl.

Let them set it the refrigerator for 7-8 hours. Serve chilled with toppings of your choice.

 

Love,
Shreya

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Adapted from China Sichuan food

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are light and delicious option for breakfast or a light meal. Pack these in lunch boxes as well as they are very filling as they are made with mixed lentils. They are a delicacy in Andhra Pradesh, often served with coconut chutney.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes 

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are very crispy owing to the different lentils added. They have a really nice taste since the lentils have very distinct flavors and when ground together, so these crepes turn too yummy! The best part here is that the batter for the Pesarattu or crepes does not need to be fermented. Just soak the lentils for 4-5 hours and grind them to a smooth paste.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes taste lovely with any kind of dip or relish. I’ve served these with Udupi Style white coconut chutney, at times with basic green coconut chutney . They taste amazing with some red tomato onion chutney as well. Try pairing these with Tiffin Sambhar (instant Veggie and lentil stew).

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

The batter made for Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The batter stays fresh and doesn’t thicken over a period of time. So it is perfect for meal planning as well. Keep the batter ready along with some of the chutneys. It will sort your weekday worries for breakfast or lunch box.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Let us make some Andhra Pradesh/ Telangana state special breakfast Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes!

Pesarattu-

Wash and soak the rice and lentils together for 4-5 hours.

Drain the water after 4-5 hours.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Grind these together with ginger, fresh coriander leaves green chilies, cumin seeds and very little water. The batter should be smooth without any lumps. Then season it with salt and mix well.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Keep the batter aside for just 10-15 minutes while you prep the onions, etc.

Heat the griddle/ tawa. Pour a few drops of oil and wipe it off with some damp kitchen paper. The griddle/ tawa will sizzle, that means it is ready for making Pesarattu/ crepes.

Pour a ladleful of the batter on the griddle/ tawa and spread it really well. Scrap off any extra batter on the top.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.

Then open the lid and pour a few drops of oil (optional).
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Then sprinkle red chili powder, some chopped onion, chopped green chilies and a bit of lemon juice.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Do not flip the Pesarattu/ crepe. Just fold and serve piping hot.

I have served with Green coconut chutney and pink coconut chutney.

Pink Coconut chutney/ relish-

Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, tamarind pulp, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper –

Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

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Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are light and delicious option for breakfast or a light meal. Pack these in lunch boxes as well as they are very filling as they are made with mixed lentils. They are a delicacy in Andhra Pradesh, often served with coconut chutney.
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Pesarattu

  • 1/4 cup split yellow lentils dhooli moong dal
  • 1/4 cup whole green lentils akhi moong dal
  • 1/4 cup rice any variety
  • salt to taste
  • 2 nos. green chilies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice for garnishing
  • chopped green chili for garnishing
  • red chili powder for garnishing
  • chopped onion for garnishing

Pink Coconut Chutney/ relish

  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut grated
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 nos. whole red chilies
  • 2 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • water as needed

Tempering

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • a pinch of asafoetida

Instructions

Pesarattu

  1. Wash and soak the rice and lentils together for 4-5 hours.

  2. Drain the water after 4-5 hours.

  3. Grind these together with ginger, fresh coriander leaves green chilies, cumin seeds and very little water. The batter should be smooth without any lumps. Then season it with salt and mix well.

  4. Keep the batter aside for just 10-15 minutes while you prep the onions, etc.

  5. Heat the griddle/ tawa. Pour a few drops of oil and wipe it off with some damp kitchen paper. The griddle/ tawa will sizzle, that means it is ready for making Pesarattu/ crepes.

  6. Pour a ladleful of the batter on the griddle/ tawa and spread it really well. Scrap off any extra batter on the top.

  7. Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.

  8. Then open the lid and pour a few drops of oil (optional).

  9. Then sprinkle red chili powder, some chopped onion, chopped green chilies and a bit of lemon juice.

  10. Do not flip the Pesarattu/ crepe. Just fold and serve piping hot.

  11. I have served with Green coconut chutney and pink coconut chutney.

Pink Coconut Chutney

  1. Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, tamarind pulp, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.  


Temper

  1. Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. 

  2. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Love,
Shreya

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Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

 

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe is vegan, very delicious and one of the most popular Indo Chinese dishes one can find in restaurants and cafes. It’s quite spicy and has a ton of flavor which makes it so appetizing. I am sharing the recipe for veg Manchurian in gravy today.  🙂

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe is nearly everyone’s favorite whether they are non vegetarians or pure vegetarians! I guess it has a lot to do with the flavor bomb that is this dish. This Indo Chinese dish is loaded with ginger, garlic, etc. which add so much aroma and pungency to the overall preparation.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe has these little deep fried balls made with mix vegetables and some aromatics. These little balls are actually super addictive on their own and I do indulge in chomping on a few before adding them to the gravy 😉 Lol!! These balls are absolutely delicious, no need for some sauce or anything. Besides, making them is really easy and straightforward.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe,Veg Fried Rice | How to make Veg Fried Rice | GF & Vegan

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe tastes the best when paired with this super easy and my go to recipe for Veg Fried Rice which is vegan and gluten free. It is a match made in heaven, well in the Indo Chinese heaven actually, but it is what it is! I can practically live on this combo forever!

Anyways, coming to that delicious, tangy gravy – it is super simple! Not the kind of gravy where you spend hours by the stove. It is the instant kind and the most addictive kind! The little fried veggie balls soak up the gravy so well and become kind of saucy. Bite into one of the bliss balls with some rice, oh it is food coma! A kind of coma most of us love. This gravy Manchurian also goes so well with my vegan + gf Veg Schezwan Noodles. Try this, you wont regret it 😉

To be honest, this combination of Manchurian and noodles has been a favorite since college days. I’d always order for this if eating out with friends and I’d never tire of it. Like never!

Anyways, let’s get cooking.

For the veg balls:
Squeeze the water from the shredded cabbage until it’s dry. To that, add the other veggies.

Add the corn flour and the APF. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the soya sauce, ginger garlic paste next and mix well until everything comes together to make a moist dough.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Make lemon sized balls and set them aside.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Heat sufficient oil in a wok. Once it is hot, reduce the flame to medium and fry the veg balls until golden brown and crispy.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Do not fry them on high flame as they will remain undercooked from within.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Set them aside while we make the gravy.

For the gravy:

Heat oil in a wok. Once it nice and hot, add chopped spring onion whites, ginger and garlic. Stir them for 1-2 minutes.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Next, add the chopped capsicum, red chili sauce, vinegar and soya sauce. Mix well.

Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Add the corn flour and water slurry next. Stir well and ensure there are no lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and let the gravy come to a boil.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Once it has come to a boil and thickened, add the fried veggie balls and mix well.

Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 -10 lemon sized vg balls

Veg Manchurian is delicious and so easy to make. Pair it with some fried rice or noodles and make a complete meal of it!!

Ingredients

    For the veg balls:
  • 1/4 cup each of shredded cabbage, chopped capsicum and shredded carrots
  • 3 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. corn flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • oil to fry
  • For the gravy:
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. each of chopped ginger and garlic
  • 2 tbsp. chopped spring onion whites
  • 2 tbsp. chopped capsicum
  • 1 tbsp. red chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. corn flour mixed with 1/2 cup water to make a slurry
  • 1 tbsp. chopped spring onion greens to garnish

Instructions

    For the veg balls:
  1. Squeeze the water from the shredded cabbage until it's dry. To that, add the other veggies.
  2. Add the corn flour and the APF. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the soya sauce, ginger garlic paste next and mix well until everything comes together to make a moist dough.
  4. Make lemon sized balls and set them aside.
  5. Heat sufficient oil in a wok. Once it is hot, reduce the flame to medium and fry the veg balls until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Do not fry them on high flame as they will remain undercooked from within.
  7. Set them aside while we make the gravy.
  8. For the gravy:
  9. Heat oil in a wok. Once it nice and hot, add chopped spring onion whites, ginger and garlic. Stir them for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Next, add the chopped capsicum, red chili sauce, vinegar and soya sauce. Mix well.
  11. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Add the corn flour and water slurry next. Stir well and ensure there are no lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and let the gravy come to a boil.
  13. Once it has come to a boil and thickened, add the fried veggie balls and mix well.
  14. Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot.

Notes

You can add chopped green chilies in veg balls if you wish. Tastes best when hot and fresh.

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Love,

Shreya 🙂

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Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori is one of the most popular snacks from Gujarat, typically made in the winters when the markets are a flood with fresh pigeon peas or Toovar dana a.k.a. Lilva dana. These kachoris or hand pies are small in size, they are filled with a sweet and spicy mix made with these fresh pigeon peas and deep fried until crisp and golden!!!

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are typically made in winters as the fresh pigeon peas are available in the season for just a couple of months. So, these little, golden crispy kachoris are a must have delicacy in Gujarat. Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are quite famous across the country for their spicy, tangy and yet sweet filling and that super flaky exterior!

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori is super flaky and crisp to the core, as you can see here!! I can’t imagine calling it a kachori if it ain’t crispy and flaky enough. The crispy exterior makes way for this really delicious, melt in the mouth kind of filling. The filling is so, so good that I had to physically keep away from it until I was ready to fill these babies up!! 😉 I personally feel it pairs the best with some spicy green chutney, the sweet and spicy filling compliments the chutney. You can also serve these with sweet tamarind chutney or some mint and yogurt chutney.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are best consumed fresh and piping hot, with some tea. Though no tea for me but the hubby can’t live without his tea and these golden beauties make for the best tea mate 🙂

Let’s make some kachoris.

For the dough
Take Maida (APF), add salt to taste and the oil.

Rub the flour with the oil for 3-4 minutes. The Maida/ flour must resemble breadcrumb like texture.

Add the lemon juice and make semi hard dough using a little water at a time. The dough must be like a poori dough but not too hard else the kachori will crack when fried.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and rest it for 15 minutes. Then divide them into 8-9 lemon sized balls. Cover again and let them rest.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

For the filling
Peel and clean the fresh pigeon peas/ Lilva. Wash and drain them. Do the same for the green peas.

Blanch these together for 10 minutes, set them aside to cool down completely.

Once they are cooled, crush them together either using a mortar pestle or in a food processor. They must have some texture and not turn into a paste. Set this aside.

Heat oil in a non stick pan ( the Lilva/ pigeon peas tend to stick so use a non stick pan). Once the oil is hot, add asafetida, cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

Next add ginger and green chili paste. Cook them for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute.

Add roasted white sesame seeds and the coconut. Mix well.

Next, add the crushed pigeon peas/ Lilva and the green peas. Sauté these together for 5-6 minutes.

Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir again. Again cover and cook.

Add chopped cashews, sugar and chaat masala. Mix well.

Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the flame. The filling is ready.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Divide the filling into 8-9 lemon sized balls as well.

Now, roll all the balls of dough to a diameter of 2.5″ to 3″.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Place the ball of the filling in the center of the rolled dough. close it tightly. Do the same for all the dough balls. set them aside while you heat the oil to fry the kachoris.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Now fry the kachoris on low flame as they must crisp up and the color must remain light golden brown.

It took me about 15 minutes for frying a batch of 8-9 kachoris. Drain the fried kachoris on absorbent tissues.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Serve them hot with chutney and tea/ coffee.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

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Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

A delicious, crispy, sweet and spicy flavored kachoris/ hand pies are a famous Gujarati snacks that go so well with some green chutney/ dip and tea or coffee. 

Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Gujarati
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 cup maida /APF
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp refined oil
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed to knead the dough
  • enough oil to fry

Filling

  • 3/4 cup fresh pigeon peas/ lilva
  • 1/4 cup fresh green peas
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 sp green chili paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted white sesame seeds (til)
  • 1/2 cup fresh, grated coconut
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped, fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

Dough

  1. Take Maida (APF), add salt to taste and the oil.

  2. Rub the flour with the oil for 3-4 minutes. The Maida/ flour must resemble breadcrumb like texture.

  3. Add a lemon juice and make semi hard dough using a little water at a time. The dough must be like a poori dough but not too hard else the kachori will crack when fried.

  4. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and rest it for 15 minutes. Then divide them into 8-9 lemon sized balls. Cover again and let them rest.

Filling

  1. Peel and clean the fresh pigeon peas/ Lilva. Wash and drain them. Do the same for the green peas.

  2. Blanch these together for 10 minutes, set them aside to cool down completely.

  3. Once they are cooled, crush them together either using a mortar pestle or in a food processor. They must have some texture and not turn into a paste. Set this aside.

  4. Heat oil in a non stick pan ( the Lilva/ pigeon peas tend to stick so use a non stick pan). Once the oil is hot, add asafoetida, cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

  5. Next add ginger and green chili paste. Cook them for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute.

  6. Add roasted white sesame seeds and the coconut. Mix well.

  7. Next, add the crushed pigeon peas/ Lilva and the green peas. Sauté these together for 5-6 minutes.

  8. Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir again. Again cover and cook.

  9. Add chopped cashews, sugar and chaat masala. Mix well.

  10. Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the flame. The filling is ready.

Assemble and fry

  1. Divide the filling into 8-9 lemon sized balls as well.

  2. Now, roll all the balls of dough to a diameter of 2.5" to 3".

  3. Place the ball of the filling in the center of the rolled dough. close it tightly. Do the same for all the dough balls. set them aside while you heat the oil to fry the kachoris.

  4. Now fry the kachoris on low flame as they must crisp up and the color must remain light golden brown.

  5. It took me about 15 minutes for frying a batch of 8-9 kachoris. Drain the fried kachoris on absorbent tissues.

  6. Serve them hot with chutney and tea/ coffee.

Recipe Notes

You can store the filling for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
You can skip the lemon juice in the dough, but it makes the dough white and crisper on frying. 
Fresh Lilva/ pigeon peas can be cleaned and stored in the freezer all year around like green peas.

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Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box is an ideal way to prepare a variety of cookies at one go using just one cookie dough! Yes, just one easy eggless cookie dough and turn it into delicious variety of cookies 🙂 This makes for an ideal Holiday present, looks pretty and tastes so good! 

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box seems a little involved to start with but it’s just the dough that needs to be ready. Once it’s ready, you can let your imagination take shape and dole out the prettiest cookies! Since, they dough is very simple to make, you can make these cookies in multiple batches and even freeze some dough for 15-20 days.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box can be filled with any variety of cookies. But, I chose to use my sugar cookie recipe with some changes as a base to fill this Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box. Once you’ve perfected the cookie dough and then baked it perfectly, use different ideas to present them. I’ll walk to through the 3 ideas that I’ve used for my Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box first had the classic stamped sugar cookies. One can never go wrong with these. I have used Holiday stamps to press a design on 8 cookies before baking them. Simply roll out the dough, cut the shapes, stamp them and the refrigerate the cookies  for 15 minutes before baking them for 10-12 minutes. They must not change their color. This way they wont spread much. They will also retain the beautiful design as they won’t spread.

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If you don’t have these stamps, simply keep them plain, cut them out, refrigerate them for 15 minutes and then bake them 10-12 minutes. They must not change their color. They will first be very soft but leave them on the baking tray. They will crisp up as they cool. Once they are completely cooled, store them in airtight boxes, they will remain fresh for 3-4 days.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box next had the classic jam filled Linzer cookies! They are so delicious, buttery cookies sandwiched with some homemade strawberry jam is a delight. You can even fill it with a jam any other flavor, but I prefer strawberry or raspberry.

I have used a snowman shaped cookie cutter this time, I cut out the snowman shape from 3 cookies, and cut 3 plain cookies for the base of these linzers (if you don’t have fancy cookies cutters to cut out shapes, simply use the cap of a bottle to cut out  shapes). Then I refrigerated the unbaked cut outs for 15 minutes and then baked them for 10-12 minutes. They must not change their color. They remain soft at first, let them sit on the baking tray so that they crisp up. Fill the plain cookies with the jam, top them with the cut out cookies. Dust the top of the cookies with some icing sugar and then store these in airtight boxes. They too keep fresh for 3-4 days. The tiny snowmen in the pictures are the cut outs which I chose to bake and use as Holiday Décor.

Linzer Cookies 

This picture is from last year’s linzer cookie post. you can use any cookie cutters.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box must have some candy cane cookies! It’s Christmas and they look just apt. They are a bit tricky I agree, but very easy to put together. I suggest you do make these but with gel based color only as that gives the best outcome and don’t tend to stain th white portion at all.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Please follow the instructions very carefully to nail these candy cane cookies. I took 2 balls of the dough that weighed equally (60 grams each). I colored one ball with red gel color and left the other ball as it is.

Roll the two balls into long thin logs of the same size an width and then follow the steps shown in the pictures below.

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As shown in the first picture here, twist the red colored and the white log together. Then cut out 8 equal sized pieces of the twisted log. Bend one end as shown in the second picture. Repeat for the remaining 7. Place of the baking tray and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Bake these for 10-12 minutes. They must not change color. Let them cool completely on the tray, they will crisp up too. Store them in airtight boxes and they will remain fresh for 3-4 days.

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These are baked, as you can see the shape is perfect, none of the cookies have spread.

PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE MADE ONE BATCH OF THE SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH AND MADE THESE 3 VARIETIES OF COOKIES IN SMALL BATCHES.
8 stamped cookies (about 2″diameter each)
3 Linzer cookies (about 2″diameter each)
8 candy cane cookies (about 2.5″length each)
You can double or triple the quantity of these cookies by doubling or tripling the quantity of the ingredients of the sugar cookie dough.
CLICK THIS LINK TO READ ALL THE TIPS TO BE TAKEN TO BAKE PERFECT COOKIES THAT NEVER SPREAD.

Here are some more eggless cookie ideas for Christmas-
Tutti Frutti cookies
Oat and Whole-wheat Lemon Sandwich cookies
Almond Shortbread cookies
Rose & Pistachio Shortbread cookies
Sweet & salty Cumin cookies 
Classic Linzer cookies

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We will now see the recipe for a batch of the dough.

In a bowl add the all purpose flour and icing sugar. Whisk these together.

Now add softened butter and vanilla extract.

Use the whisk to mix them together, no need to whip them. (click here to get the best tips to ensure perfect cookies that never spread). The texture of the mixture will resemble bread crumbs.

Now, add 1 tablespoon of the milk at a time and bring the dough together very gently.

Do not over knead this dough. Also, please do not add more milk than necessary. I used approximately 3-4 tbsp. of milk and it was good enough.

Next, wrap this soft dough in some cling wrap and set it in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

While the dough rests in the refrigerator, prep a baking tray with parchment paper. Set this aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator after 30-40 minutes, dust the dough and the rolling pin with some all purpose flour. (I used a silicon sheet to roll this on, the dough won’t stick at all).

Roll the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Use any fancy cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes or just cut then squares using a basic knife. You can even use any cap of a container to cut shapes, they look just fine and pretty.

Now place these cut out cookie shapes on the parchment lined baking tray. Refrigerate them for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven @160’c for 10 minutes.

Bake the refrigerated cookies for 10-12 minutes. The baked cookies must not change color. Remove them from the oven and let them crisp up on the baking tray for 15 minutes.

Then transfer the cookies on a cooling rack to cool them completely. Then store them in airtight containers.

They keep fresh for 3-4 days. Or follow the steps mentioned in the post above to make different varieties of these cookies.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies of about 2"inches each

Buttery, delicious and easy to make eggless Sugar Cookies are a great option for the Holiday Season. Use this recipe to create a to of fancy Christmas Cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (I used vanilla powder)
  • 70 gms. soft unsalted butter
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk at room temperature

Instructions

  1. In a bowl add the all purpose flour and icing sugar. Whisk these together.
  2. Now add softened butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Use the whisk to mix them together, no need to whip them. The texture of the mixture will resemble bread crumbs.
  4. Now, add 1 tablespoon of the milk at a time and bring the dough together very gently.
  5. Do not over knead this dough. Also, please do not add more milk than necessary. I used approximately 3-4 tbsp. of milk and it was good enough.
  6. Next, wrap this soft dough in some cling wrap and set it in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.
  7. While the dough rests in the refrigerator, prep a baking tray with parchment paper. Set this aside.
  8. Remove the dough from the refrigerator after 30-40 minutes, dust the dough and the rolling pin with some all purpose flour. (I used a silicon sheet to roll this on, the dough won't stick at all).
  9. Roll the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Use any fancy cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes or just cut then squares using a basic knife. You can even use any cap of a container to cut shapes, they look just fine and pretty.
  10. Now place these cut out cookie shapes on the parchment lined baking tray. Refrigerate them for 15 minutes.
  11. Preheat the oven @160'c for 10 minutes.
  12. Bake the refrigerated cookies for 10-12 minutes. The baked cookies must not change color. Remove them from the oven and let them crisp up on the baking tray for 15 minutes.
  13. Then transfer the cookies on a cooling rack to cool them completely. Then store them in airtight containers.
  14. They keep fresh for 3-4 days. Or follow the steps mentioned in the post above to make different varieties of these cookies.

Notes

Follow the steps given above for ways to make different varieties of cookies using a single dough recipe. This dough can be frozen for up to 2 weeks wrapped in a cling film. To thaw, place the dough in the refrigerator for 12-15 hours. Then follow the recipe to roll them, refrigerate and bake the cookies.

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Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is healthy, delicious and so easy to put together. We have used whole wheat flour and added walnuts which makes this cake/ loaf very filling too. 🙂 

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is one of my go to recipes that came across online a few months ago. I have made it quite a few times since then and it always turns out perfectly!! No- fail recipe and the results are so delicious 🙂 Whenever I’ve got some overripe bananas sitting in the fruit basket, I either make this Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf or my Rustic Banana Bread with Yogurt. If you like chocolate then you can make my Banana Breakfast bars, that is loaded with chocolate and butterscotch!

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is vegan too, has no eggs and it takes a few ingredients to put together. Ingredients that one has in their pantry on a daily basis. Just a few minutes of preparation and in the oven this goes! That’s all, real quick. Great after school snack for kids with some milk or a glass of juice. You can even pack it for their lunch boxes along with some sandwiches. It’s healthy and really delicious.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf has the best texture. It is very soft and is very moist too, despite of it being vegan. Let’s bake ourselves one! 😉

Preheat the oven at 180’c. Grease a 7″loaf tin and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.

Take the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Add castor sugar. Mix sugar with a whisk. Add oil and whisk again until it’s well incorporated.

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Add vanilla extract next, whisk gently.

Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt next into the banana and oil mixture. (reserve 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour aside).

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Mix well. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well again but avoid over mixing.

Mix walnuts with the reserved whole wheat flour and add to the ready batter.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Fold the walnuts gently into the batter.

Pour the ready batter into the prepped tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes @ 170’c.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Once the cake baked, take a toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean or a with just a few moist crumbs.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes. Unmould the cake and cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Slice the cake and serve.

This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: one 7 inch loaf

A vegan, delicious, soft and healthy whole wheat banana and walnut cake/ loaf is the perfect partner for your tea or coffee!

Ingredients

  • 2 nos. ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup refined oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1+1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180'c. Grease a 7"loaf tin and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.
  2. Take the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork.
  3. Add castor sugar. Mix sugar with a whisk. Add oil and whisk again until it's well incorporated.
  4. Add vanilla extract next, whisk gently.
  5. Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt next into the banana and oil mixture. (reserve 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour aside).
  6. Mix well. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well again but avoid over mixing.
  7. Mix walnuts with the reserved whole wheat flour and add to the ready batter.
  8. Fold the walnuts gently into the batter.
  9. Pour the ready batter into the prepped tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes @ 170'c.
  10. Once the cake baked, take a toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean or a with just a few moist crumbs.
  11. Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes. Unmould the cake and cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Slice the cake and serve.
  12. This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Notes

You can skip the spices if you prefer. I used 2 large bananas, use 3 if using smaller bananas. Add nuts of your choice or skip them if you prefer.

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Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is light, nutritious and makes for the perfect breakfast or brunch. This recipe is instant and very similar to instant rawa Idli with some variations.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe 

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is a good way to consume oats in a savory form if you are not too fond of sweet oats with milk and honey. Do count me that category! 😉 I can’t have oats at all. But these Instant Oats Idli is really delicious and packed with so many flavors 😊

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe always makes soft and very fluffy idlis. It is definitely looking like that, is it not?! I have made this 3-4 times in the past 6 months, usually on weekends when brunch seems like the way to go 😉 My hubby who is not fond of idlis too much, approved this one. That definitely gives me another option for meals. On that note, have you tried my homemade Idli batter recipe? It is no-fail and absolutely spot on!

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe tastes best with my instant tiffin style sambhar  and green coconut chutney.  You can also try my Udupi Style White Coconut chutney recipe. Or even my tomato onion chutney pairs fabulously with these idlis.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is very versatile. You can add veggies of your choice or temper it with your favorite spices. But make sure you add ginger and curry leaves simply because they lend an amazing flavor and aroma.

Let’s make these instant idlis.

Heat a pan, dry roast the oats for a couple of minutes or until they firm up a bit. Ensure they don’t turn brown.

Cool them completely and blend them into a slightly coarse powder. Set it aside.

Heat oil in the same pan. Once it’s hot, add hing/ asafoetida, mustards seeds, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and Chana dal. Let these splutter for a few seconds.

Add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.

Add the semolina. Sauté for 2-3 minutes but the color must not change. Turn off the gas.

Remove this mixture in a mixing bowl and let it cool down completely. Then add the curd.

Mix well. Next, add the powdered oats. Again mix well and season with salt.

Add chopped coriander and mix well.

Add water and adjust the consistency.

Let this batter sit for 10-15 minutes.

Now, just before steaming the idlis, add baking soda. Mix well until the batter becomes a little frothy.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Now add the batter in greased Idli plates and steam for 12-14 minutes.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Let the idlis rest for 5-7 minutes before you unmould them. Serve them piping hot with sambhar and chutney of your choice.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 10-12 idlis

Instant, healthy and delicious Oats Idli are the perfect option for breakfast or a quick brunch. This is a gluten free meal option which you can even pack for a lunch box. Pair it with some Sambhar and Coconut Chutney.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup bombay rawa/ fine sooji (semolina)
  • 1/2 cup water or a little more as needed
  • 1 cup curd (I used a day old home made curd)
  • 3/4 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. urad dal (split white lentils)
  • 3/4 tsp. chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • a pinch of hing/ asafoetida
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. chopped green chilies
  • 5-6 nos. chopped curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan, dry roast the oats for a couple of minutes or until they firm up a bit. Ensure they don't turn brown.
  2. Cool them completely and blend them into a slightly coarse powder. Set it aside.
  3. Heat oil in the same pan. Once it's hot, add hing/ asafoetida, mustards seeds, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and Chana dal. Let these splutter for a few seconds.
  4. Add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.
  5. Add the semolina. Sauté for 2-3 minutes but the color must not change. Turn off the gas.
  6. Remove this mixture in a mixing bowl and let it cool down completely. Then add the curd.
  7. Mix well. Next, add the powdered oats. Again mix well and season with salt.
  8. Add chopped coriander and mix well.
  9. Add water and adjust the consistency.
  10. Let this batter sit for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Now, just before steaming the idlis, add baking soda. Mix well until the batter becomes a little frothy.
  12. Now add the batter in greased Idli plates and steam for 12-14 minutes.
  13. Let the idlis rest for 5-7 minutes before you unmould them. Serve them piping hot with sambhar and chutney of your choice.

Notes

You can added veggies of your choice to this batter. You can added cashew nuts to the tempering too. Roast the semolina and oats well otherwise the idlis will be very sticky.

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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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Love,
Shreya 🙂

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

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