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Kadhi Pakodi

Typical to a North Indian family, we too love our Kadhi Pakodi or Kadhi Pakoras to no end. However, I do not make it very often and keep the novelty alive.

Kadhi Pakodi recipe by PolkaPuffs

That usually works too because whenever I do make it, my hubby is exceptionally happy and doesn’t wait long enough for me to even serve it properly before he starts attacking the meal 😘
So much so, that I couldn’t once click it in peace for the blog!! I mean, how does one set up the props..organise the shot, etc if you have someone hovering all around you and asking you every other minute if you were done already!!? LOL!

Kadhi Pakodi recipe by PolkaPuffs

Doesn’t that make for the most comforting meal?
A bowl of that warm, creamy, mildly spiced Kadhi with crisp yet spongy Pakodis is just what rainy afternoons need. It had been a damp weekend, so this became our late, extremely lazy Sunday lunch! Yet, not lazy enough for me click some pictures.
We had this with rotis instead of rice…as we were already pretty full from the Poha we gorged on for breakfast. Although it tastes best with some steamed rice and some kachumber (mixed salad).
I used my Mom’s recipe and it’s to die for! Usually I make the Pakodis in an Appepatra, click here to see how. Use my recipe for the Pakodi given below and follow the steps to make them in an Appepatra, that’s an almost oil free version, however, I have deep-fried these just the way my Mom does it. Indulgence is not such a bad thing once in a while, no?
The Pakodis are light & absolutely airy, almost melting into the Kadhi, and that’s how they should be if done right! Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2
Equipment: 2 woks, measuring cups/ spoons, a few mixing bowls and spoons.

Ingredients:
For the Kadhi
1.5 tbsps Besan/ gram flour
250 gms Yogurt/ curd
to taste Salt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Water as needed
For the the Tempering
1 tbsp refined oil
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp paanch phoran
1 nos slit green chilly
A handful curry leaves
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
Water to correct the consistency as needed
For the Pakodis
1/2 cup Besan/ gram flour
6-7 tbsps water
to taste Salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chopped green chillies
1/2 tsp chopped coriander leaves
3 tbsps finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp baking soda bicarbonate/ baking soda
to fry Oil

Method:
To begin with the Kadhi first, take the ingredients listed above for the kadhi and make a smooth mixture. This should neither be too diluted nor very thick. I do not add any water at this stage but you can always add some if the yogurt is too thick. Set this aside for 10 minutes.

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In the meanwhile, take all the ingredients listed above for the Pakodis except the oil, soda & water. Mix them well.
Add water very slowly and make a thick mixture. Set it aside for 10 minutes.
Coming back to the Kadhi, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wok. Once it’s hot, add the hing, paanch phoran, g-g paste, curry leaves, green chilli. Let these splatter about a bit.
Then add the mixture we had set aside for the Kadhi. Keep stirring while you pour this into the tempering and let this cook on medium flame.

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Keep stirring for another couple of minutes until it has it’s first boil and stabilizes, else the yogurt may split.
Now add some water if needed to correct the consistency, mix well.
Next, add red chilli powder & adjust the salt to taste.
Let the Kadhi simmer for another 6-7 minutes.
Turn off the flame and cover with a lid.
The Pakodis need frying now, heat enough oil in a heavy bottomed wok.
Add baking soda to the Pakodi mixture & mix well.
Once the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame to medium and drop the mixture little bit at a time to make equal sized Pakodis.

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Fry them well until golden brown on all sides. Drain them well on kitchen paper. I could make 9 medium sized Pakodis with this quantity of the mixture.

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Add warm Pakodis to the Kadhi and serve with steamed rice/ rotis & a salad on the side.

Hope you like my version of Kadhi Pakodi and give it a go soon☺️
Love,
Shreya ❤️

Jamun Panna | Indian Java Plum Cooler

“Is my tongue blue yet!???” 😂😂LOL! I don’t know how many times I must’ve asked my Mom this question as a kid while chomping on some ‘jamun’ or Indian Java Plums! She’d smile indulgently and say..”Quite blue!!…eat any more and it will stay blue forever!” 

Summers…school vacations…idle afternoons…what’s a kid to do?! “Chew on your Mom’s brains”….would be my Mom’s sarcastic remark😘 Hehe!

I absolutely love jamuns…their tangy, sweet and mildly sour flavour is something I wait for every summer…and these gorgeous, plump beauties make an appearance for a really short duration almost at the end of a typical Indian summer.

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I particularly enjoyed the overripe ones…dressed with some salt and roasted cumin powder & shaken in a vessel until most of the plums would bruise and become really juicy! Wow…I am salivating as I type🤓.. They’d taste out of the world…earthy and fresh.

This Jamun Panna is very similar to that taste and takes me back to those long summer afternoons…and my Mom’s smile as I I’d ask her for the zillion th time…”Ma, is my tongue blue yet!!?”

Let’s see how…

Wash the jamun well. Add water in the saucepan along with the jamun and sugar. Keep them to boil over medium heat until all the jamun turn very soft and mushy. The flesh should be falling apart from the seed within the fruit.

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Next, cool this concoction completely at room temperature. Place it in the refrigerator once cooled for at least 1-2 hours to let it macerate well.

Once it’s cooled in refrigerator, mash the fruit and the syrup through a sieve over a large mixing bowl.

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Add the cumin pwd, salt & lemon juice to this sieved juice. Mix well. Add ice cubes and serve.

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This is one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve had all summer!

Jamun Panna | Indian Java Plum Cooler

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: makes 4-5 servings

Refreshing cooler made with Indian Java Plums or commonly known as Jamun Ka Panna.

Ingredients

  • 250 gms Jamun/ Indian Java Plum (I used the larger, plump variety)
  • 5-6 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 +1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

Instructions

  1. Wash the jamun well.
  2. Add water in the saucepan along with the jamun and sugar.
  3. Keep them to boil over medium heat until all the jamun turn very soft and mushy.
  4. The flesh should be falling apart from the seed within the fruit.
  5. Next, cool this concoction completely at room temperature.
  6. Place it in the refrigerator once cooled for at least 1-2 hours to let it macerate well.
  7. Once it's cooled in refrigerator, mash the fruit and the syrup through a sieve over a large mixing bowl.
  8. Add the cumin powder, salt & lemon juice to this sieved juice.
  9. Mix well. Add ice cubes and serve.
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Love,

Shreya ❤️

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Adapted from Instructables.

Homemade Sandwich Bread | Basic White Bread

How many mornings have you had just a slice of toast with a cup of tea/ coffee…or juice and left for work or an early class?! Many, right?  Almost everyone loves their toast..some with butter…some with honey…or plain…me? I like it with my Homemade No Pectin Strawberry Jam 😬 

All these plus an warm, sweet & fresh loaf of bread makes for a beautiful weekend brunch. The aroma of a freshly baked bread can make you so, so hungry!! Yes…this loaf was baked by me for Sunday brunch…and was devoured by my hubby & me in about 15 mins! He, with some honey and me…jam!

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Perfectly moist and light loaf of bread was a dream for me when I started baking breads about more than a year ago..but I kept trying and it’s been a little over six months that I make good breads..though not wholewheat…not yet. I am yet to try those.

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The recipe that I use for this bread is the same as the one I use to make pizza base. It’s pretty easy, but do follow there simple steps to ensure a good loaf. They are all tried and tested by me.

Always fluff the flour and add spoonfuls of it into the measuring cup then level it off with a knife. As simple as that. Measurement is crucial.

Do not try to press down the flour into the cup to add more flour OR Never dip the measuring cup into the bag of flour. Doing these, will always leave you with a lot more flour than necessary and you will positively end up with a very dry and heavy loaf

I have used instant active yeast, never tried baking with fresh yeast. Check the box for the expiry date thoroughly before starting the recipe, make sure you don’t use the yeast if it’s less than two months away from the expiry date.

If your yeast doesn’t bloom or activate, discard and start again.

The water used for activating the yeast must be tepid. That is when you can comfortably hold your finger in the water but it must not be on the cooler side.

Do not try to make this “healthy” by skimping on the fat/ oil/ butter content. Follow the recipe and you will have a moist loaf.

Let’s get baking..

Yield: a small loaf/ 6-7 slices of bread

Equipment: 1 large mixing bowl, a small bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tin, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour (Maida/ APF, 1 cup is approx 130 grams)

some extra flour to dust

2+1/2 tsp dry active yeast (1 tsp is approx 3.5/ 4 grams)

2 + 1/4 tsp sugar

3/4 cup warm water (you should be able to dip your finger comfortably)

4 Tbsp oil + extra for greasing

1 tsp salt

Method:

Take warm water in a bowl, add the sugar and yeast to it. Cover it and leave to prove & froth for 10 mins in a warm place.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, add the flour, 2 1/2 tbsp oil, salt to taste. Now add the entire proved yeast mixture & using a fork mix everything together to make a sticky dough. It will be very sticky but should not be falling apart at all. Now, sprinkle some flour on a work surface, and drop the dough on it,sprinkle some more flour over the dough. Using your palms, start kneading the dough well. Add more flour if the dough feels too sticky or some water if it feels very dry.

Keep kneading well for 10 mins. You will have a neat, non-sticky ball of dough. Knead it for a couple of mins more. It should all look like this.

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Now, grease the mixing bowl which you have kept aside & place the dough in it, cover with a lid or cling film & set aside in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours to prove. It should be double or more than double in size after proving. It will look like this.

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Gently, punch the air out of the dough. Next, grease the baking tin with oil. Set that aside.

Roll out the dough in an squarish shape and flatten it out a bit. Start rolling from one side like a Swiss roll. Pinch to close the ends. Keeping the pinched side down, place this roll into the greased tin. Make deep incisions using a serrated knife if you like. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and place it in a warm place for 30 mins for second proving.

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This is how it should look after the second proving.

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Preheat the oven @180’c for 10 mins. Brush some oil over the top of the proved dough. Bake for about 20-25 mins @ 180’c using both, top & bottom heating elements. (Every oven works differently so pls set the temperature and the timing accordingly)

Once done, remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack for about 15 mins before slicing the loaf as it needs to set well. That’s it, your bread is ready. Keeps well for a day or two wrapped in a parchment paper in a bread box or any container.

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Besides, waking up to a freshly baked bread can be therapeutic!😉

Love,

Shreya❤️

Cherry & Choco Chip Ice Cream

It’s obvious that I love making Ice Creams at home….and the hubby enjoys cleaning out the ice cream bowls! 😘 

I had shared the recipe for Mango & Tutti Frutti Ice Cream a few days ago…and I am still hung over with it’s flavour. It had such a beautiful flavour from the fresh, juicy Alphonso mangoes…and bits of Tutti Frutti just gave it that hint of bite and chew..umm..yummm!! 😋

I enjoyed making it so much that I was on the lookout to try another flavour of ice cream using fresh fruits…and I saw these insanely pretty Cherries!! Yes…these tart, slightly chewy little jewels..🍒🍒 But the ones I got were actually very sweet and not too tangy! Perfect is the word.

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Oh, by the way, these are less than a quarter of the entire batch that I purchased the other day….who knows when will I get some again. Cherries come by for a short period of time out here and finding such juicy & fresh ones is even more difficult….so I picked up the lot! 😉 It was hard for me to even resist them to spare any for this ice-cream..Lol!

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Yes….it was indeed melting real fast due to the heat! But the taste…oh my..!!…worth the effort of pitting these beauties and so on. It was really easy once you have that out the way.

Although you could easily use some Maraschino Cherries/ Canned Cherries for this recipe. Probably omit the Choco Chips or substitute it with some nuts…whatever you fancy!

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Look how pretty they are! I could keep looking all day! Alas, they’d rot…hence we will move on to the recipe..😉😉 …it requires no churning & no eggs!

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Yield: serves 3-4 persons

Equipment: electric whisk (manual whisk), a large stainless steel bowl, sauce pan, a spatula, measuring cups & spoons, aluminium or freezer safe container.

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh, pitted cherries

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp water

200 ml sweetened condensed milk

1+1/4 cup whipping cream (I used Amul)

1/4 cup Choco Chips

1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

Method:

Place the large stainless steel bowl & the electric whisk attachment/ manual whisk in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 mins to chill before using them to whip the cream.

In a saucepan, place the pitted cherries with sugar and water. Stew the cherries on very low flame until the fruit becomes pulpy and syrupy. Mash down the fruits a bit using a fork. This takes about 10-12 mins.

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Once this cherry compote is ready, place it in a bowl in the refrigerator to cool down completely.

Next, take whipping cream in the chilled stainless steel bowl, using the chilled electric whisk or manual whisk, whip the cream until it has stiff peaks. Usually takes 5 mins when using an electric whisk on high. Obviously, manual whisk takes more than 10-12 mins. Once the cream has stiff peaks, add the vanilla extract/ essence & the sweetened condensed milk to the cream, whisk again on medium speed until the condensed milk and cream has incorporated well. Then add the Choco chips and the chilled cherry compote (the cooked cherries).

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Fold in the chips and cherries well and pour the mixture into a freezer safe container. Let this freeze overnight or a minimum of 6-7 hours…and your ice cream is ready!!! 😉

Let it thaw for a couple of minutes before scooping out the ice cream.

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Doesn’t that absolutely tempt you…🤗🤗 Do try this one soon!

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl.

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar – the evergreen breakfast in most homes is a novelty at mine! That’s because my hubby isn’t too fond of it and rarely agrees to have this combo for breakfast/ brunch. So on the day when he finally agrees to have some for the weekend, I go all out in making this combo extra special. 

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

There are no tricks to making a perfect Idli (lentil cake) if you ask me….it’s the climate that plays the most important role. Warmer the climate, obviously, better the fermentation resulting in soft, moist & super spongy Idlis 😋 Besides, softer the Idlis, the more Sambhar (South Indian style spiced lentil curry) they soak up!!! Sluuurrppp!

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

I have used my Mom’s recipe for both, Idli & Sambhar…along with her lip-smacking, easy-peasy green Coconut Chutney🤓 I must confess…this Sambhar is the closest to a traditional tiffin/ Udupi style Sambhar that I have ever had at home. Robust flavors accompanied by the tang from tamarind makes it super yum!

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Let’s get going with the recipe…..I have shared a few tips in the method given below.

We will start with the Idli.

Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.
Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them separately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.
Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing.
Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight.
Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well…almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.

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You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn’t very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.
What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it’s soaked really well by 6pm. That’s when I grind & mix them.

That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don’t add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy.
The fermentation is the only key here.

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Now that the batter is ready…what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the Idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil.
In the meantime prepare the Idli plates, grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well.

Pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ Idli steamer for 10-12 minutes.
Once done, gently remove the Idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few minutes.
Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom…
Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water.
Then gently run it around the Idli and the Idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each Idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!!

For the Sambhar

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

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Prep Time: 20 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes 15-18 small Idlis. Sambhar serves 2

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar - the evergreen breakfast in most homes is very easy to make and absolutely healthy!

Ingredients

    IDLI:
  • 1 cup split White urad dal (white lentils)
  • 1 cup rice (I used Basmati)
  • 2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/2 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
  • Oil for greasing as needed
  • SAMBHAR:
  • Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup tuar/ arhar dal (skinned & split pigeon peas)
  • 2+1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup cubed lauki (bottle gourd, one can add more veggies of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 2 tsp Sambhar powder (I use MTR)
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • For tempering:
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2-3 whole ber mirchi
  • A few curry leaves

Instructions

    IDLI
  1. Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
  2. Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.
  3. Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them separately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
  4. Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.
  5. Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing.
  6. Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight.
  7. Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well...almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.
  8. You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn't very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.
  9. What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it's soaked really well by 6pm. That's when I grind & mix them.
  10. That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don't add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy.
  11. The fermentation is the only key here.
  12. Now that the batter is ready...what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the Idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil.
  13. In the meantime prepare the Idli plates, grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well.
  14. Pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ Idli steamer for 10-12 minutes.
  15. Once done, gently remove the Idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  16. Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom...
  17. Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water.
  18. Then gently run it around the Idli and the Idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each Idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!!
  19. SAMBHAR
  20. Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
  21. Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
  22. The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
  23. Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
  24. TEMPERING
  25. Heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above 'for tempering' to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
  26. Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.
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I simply love these….and the combo is to die for!! Do try once.

Love,

Shreya💖

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Mango & Tutti Frutti Ice Cream

My love for a Popsicle is eternal…but I do love a bowlful of creamy, delicious ice cream! Yes I have a rather good collection of ice creams on my blog here…all super tempting 😛

But how could I miss out on sharing a recipe for Mango Ice Cream…the King of fruits😍 this recipe is adapted from my No Churn Orange ice cream recipe with a bit of change… So basically it’s a no churn, no cook, eggless ice cream that requires just 3 key ingredients!

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I have added tutti frutti just because I felt like it…it’s completely optional or you can replace it with some chopped nuts or Choco chips…even butterscotch chips!😊 The choices are endless…and you always have the option of keeping it plain.

Since I like the fuss-free way of doing things…this ice cream had to be no-churn! Simply whisk everything well…and dump it in the freezer for 6-7 hours. The texture is beautiful and the flavour is absolutely spot on!

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Anyways…let’s get going with the recipe… It’s just a 15 min prep job…and the freezer takes care of the rest.

Yield: easily serves 4

Equipment: a electric whisk (manual whisk works too), a large stainless bowl, a rubber spatula, a Tupperware or an Aluminium container to set the ice cream.

Ingredients:

200 ml Amul whipping cream

1/2 cup icing sugar

pulp of 3 medium sized Alphonso mangoes

1/2 cup mixed tutti frutti (optional)

Method:

You will need to keep the stainless steel mixing bowl and the manual whisk or the electric whisk attachments in the refrigerator for about 30 mins to chill before you use them.

Then, add the cream to the chilled bowl and whisk it well until you achieve soft peaks. I have used an electric whisk so it took me about 4-5 mins to get the task done. If you’re using a manual whisk, you may need 10-12 mins for the cream to have soft peaks. But be careful to not over whisk the cream, because it may split.

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Next, add the mango pulp & icing sugar to the whipped cream and whisk these together for a minute or two or just until everything has combined well. Lastly, add the tutti frutti or anything you wish to add & fold it in using a rubber spatula or leave it as it is. Pour the mixture into an aluminium bowl or a Tupperware/ any freezer safe container and freeze it for 6-7 hours or overnight.

Before you serve the ice cream, let it thaw for about 5-7  mins at room temperature and then scoop out the ice cream!! That’s it😀

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Notes:

If you don’t have Amul whipping cream, you may use any other brand or even non-dairy whipping creams.

You can add more icing sugar as per taste. The reason we use icing sugar here instead of regular sugar is because it helps setting the ice cream with a perfect texture.

You can use canned mango pulp too if you don’t have fresh mangoes available.

Hope you try this soon 😋

Love,

Shreya❤️

Almond Shortbread Cookies

If you love Almonds, then these cookies will make you swoon! They are crunchy & yet very moist. The nuttiness from the toasted Almonds compliments the butteriness just right. 😍 

At first, when I baked these, I was positive that my hubby may not approve of them…and I will end up eating the entire batch…although it was small one. Later that evening, he takes one tentative bite off a cookie and I see him stalking past me with the entire box!! No complaints there! I was super pleased. I didn’t need to ask him how these cookies tasted…they were finished in 2 days😁🤓

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I will be making these again…maybe around Christmas.

I have followed a very easy recipe that I had bookmarked sometime back. I have made a very small change here, the original recipe called for Amaretto, I replaced it with Vanilla extract as I didn’t have any Amaretto.

All you Nigella Lawson fans out there must already know what Amaretto is…(she uses it generously in her desserts) and for those of you who don’t….well it’s a sweet, almond flavoured liquor from Italy. Saronno to be precise! ☺️

Any ways, coming to the recipe…it’s as easy as it gets but I will share a few pointers on how to measure the flour for that perfect cookie.

Yield: 12-15 cookies

Equipment: a mixing bowl, electric whisk/ manual whisk, baking tray, baking paper, measuring cups/ spoons, cooling rack, rubber spatula, cling wrap.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened unsalted butter

1/2 cup castor sugar (adjust as per taste)

1 tsp vanilla extract/ Amaretto

a pinch of salt

1 cup flour (Maida/ APF)

1/4 cup toasted & sliced almonds

Method:

Pre heat the oven @170’C. See tips for baking/ heating oven here. Line the baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk sugar and butter until fluffy. The sugar must dissolve but do not over whisk as the butter may split.

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Next, add the flour, salt, vanilla extract. Whisk again for a minute to mix the butter & the flour well. Then add the almond slivers and mix gently using a spatula.

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Place the dough on the cling wrap. Gently shape the dough into a log. Wrap it in the cling well. Place it in the refrigerator for 40-45 mins.

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Once the dough has chilled well for 45 mins, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit out for a few mins. Then cut the log of dough into 1/4 inch slices.

Place them an inch apart on the prepped baking tray and bake @ 170’c for 12-15 mins or just until the edges turn slightly golden. Once baked, cool on the cooling rack for about 15-20 mins. They will crisp up.

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Then store them in an airtight container. They stay fresh for about 3-4 days.☺️

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Tips on measuring the flour correctly: Never dip the measuring cup in the flour and remove a cupful of flour. You will end up with a lot more flour than required. Always fluff the flour well with a spoon. Then use the spoon to fill the measuring cup to the top and level it off using a knife. This way you will always have the exact amount of flour needed and the dough won’t turn too dry because of excess flour.

Enjoy!!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Julia’s Album

Fruity Green Tea Cooler

Summers have arrived and how!? The heat kills me and all I want to do is sip on something chilled. But my hubby & I, we are both teetotallers, so I  try to make some healthy, non-alcoholic drinks when at home..😍 

Last summer too, I had shared some easy to do mocktail recipes over at Summer Siesta.  You may even find some of the most delicious ice creams there! 👌

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As I have said above, that we are a teetotaller couple….well that’s not entirely true because…I don’t even drink tea or coffee!! Yes, that’s right, I DON’T! Never have needed the kick from caffeine to wake me up every morning or to get rid of a bad headache. When most people learn this fact about me, they are surprised and try to convince me otherwise and stuff…LOL!! Makes no difference to me 😝

But I always make a large mug of tea and that’s just for my hubby…who loves his ‘chai’, proper with ginger and lots of milk! To be honest, he’s the one who taught me how to make a ‘decent cup of tea’. I’d never be told to make any at Mom’s as I never drank any so nobody trusted me to make it well! Hahahah…and I never complained😹😹

So coming on to my Fruity Green Tea Cooler, it’s delicious with a hint of grassy flavour that it gets from the green tea…but it’s dominated by the fruitiness it gets from one of my favourite fruits! 😋 Besides, it’s too easy to make and will compliment everything summery…🍹🍹🍹

Let’s see how….

Serves: 2

Equipment: a blender, a saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2 cup chilled de seeded & chopped watermelon

1 nos. green tea bag (I used Lemon & Honey)

1 + 1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp lemon juice

honey to taste

ice cubes as needed to serve

Method:

Brew the green tea with warm water. Let cool down completely. Then chill this green tea for about 30 mins.

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Once this is chilled, add the green to the blender along with lemon juice, chopped watermelon & honey. Blend all these for a minute until everything is blended well. That’s it, add ice cubes if you like & enjoy!

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Now, doesn’t that look absolutely charming! I guess having something as healthy as this is much better than grabbing a can or two of cola!!

Love,

Shreya❤️

Adapted from The Busy Baker

Banana Muffins|Banana Bread

Those bananas sitting in my fruit basket were turning darker every passing minute in this heat….and yes, I had wrapped the bunch head with cling wrap…but it won’t work with the soaring temperatures! Sigh!! 😔

Where do these overripe bananas end up usually..in the BIN. Yes…they do, don’t pretend otherwise. We’ve all done that….though we promise ever to do it again out of the guilt over wasted food, we still do! Else, banana milkshake happens…well that’s very common and usually better for kids…too many calories for my hubby & me😝

In the past too, I’ve shared a couple of recipes to finish off these overripe bananas. Being summers almost everywhere, you can try my 2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream. It’s so yummy and gets done in a breeze…😛slllluurrppp! Or if you are willing to bake something vegan, try these awesome Butterscotch flavoured Banana Breakfast Bars which uses wholewheat flour.

So thought of making an Old Fashioned Banana Bread or Banana Muffin. The beast thing is one recipe takes care of both options!

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Look at that texture….perfectly moist, crumbly and absolutely melt in the mouth. That’s why I love a Banana Bread so much, it’s easy to make and easier to eat 😛 This too happens to be great for a grab-and-go breakfast.

Before we go on to the recipe, here are a few pointers to keep in mind when baking a Banana Bread/ Muffins- make sure that the bananas are really overripe. They must be literally falling apart if handled roughly. If they are even slightly firm, they won’t blend well with the batter and the resulting bread/ muffins will lack the actual flavour of bananas and could turn out very dry too. Make sure you don’t over mix the batter and do not let it sit for too long once it’s ready.

Most importantly, know your oven well. As every oven works slightly differently, you need to understand the temperature best suited to bake the bread/ muffin well. They may turn dry if over baked. They could easily remain uncooked from the centre and turn brown on the top and bottom if baked at a very high temperature. The recipe below will say the temperature that works best for my oven.

If you don’t have cupcake liners ready…it’s not an issue. As you see here, in the pictures, I didn’t have any liners too…ran out of the ones I usually use so I improvised…something I had seen on Pinterest. Just use parchment/ butter paper and cut out large squares, they need not be absolutely perfect. Line your muffin tray with these squares and spoon in the batter as usual. They look really rustic…and get the job done!

Oh, by the way… I made a ring cake along with a few muffins…why?! Don’t ask me that…I simply felt like it..🤗

Yield: one small ring cake and 8-9 medium sized muffins.

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, potato masher, a wired whisk, a cooling rack, cake mould (ring or round/ square), muffin tray, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

3 nos. overripe bananas

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup Demerara sugar (brown sugar)

3/4 cup castor sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence/ extract

1 pinch nutmeg pwd (optional)

1 nos egg

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups APF (Maida)

if you like, you can add Choco chips/ blueberries/ raisins/ pecans/ walnuts, etc as per your preference.

Method:

Line your muffin tray with the liners. Grease and dust your cake mould if making a bread. Set them aside. Preheat the oven @180’c for 10 mins.

Mash bananas using the potato masher in a large bowl. Add the softened butter & milk to it. Whisk it well, add the egg, nutmeg pwd,  both the sugars & vanilla extract and whisk once again until the sugar is dissolved. Took me about 5-6 mins.

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Next, add the baking powder & APF (you can sieve these once seperately before mixing with the batter). Fold them with the wet ingredients. But do not over mix.

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Fill the muffin tray with the batter and or the cake mould as shown below.

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Bake the muffins at 170’c for approximately 20-22 mins. If baking a bread, then bake it at 170’c for approximately 30-35 mins or a skewer entered in the center of the bread comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. If not, then bake for a further 5-7 mins @160’c. (Refer the pointers given above).

Once done, cool them on the cooling rack for 15-20 mins before you unmould the bread. This bread / these muffins keep well for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

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Happy Baking folks!!

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from All She Cooks.

Cheesy Corn & Paneer Toasties

It’s so hot…I literally want to run out of the kitchen each time I step in it🙄…and trust me, I do that. Who’s to stop me😝😝😝😝😜😛 

The only thing I want to spend time doing in the kitchen is making glasses after glasses of Aam Panna! It’s the one thing that I enjoy these days. I have just made the 3rd batch of it’s concentrate and the summers are just starting….😱😱😣 I honestly don’t know how many more times I will be making it! But the best part is that my hubby isn’t that fond of it so it’s basically just for me!!! He’s a Roohafza lover 😑😑😶

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But, for weekends I usually like making something that works well as a brunch. Why rush to have two meals on a lazy day when you can enjoy one delicious meal?! Obviously, since it’s the summers, I tend to keep it simple and quick. Bread Pizza works really well for an indulgent brunch too!

However, these Cheesy Corn & Paneer Toasties are even quicker, yummier and uses all those tiny bits of leftovers from your refrigerator! You can literally change the ingredients each time you make these and they will be so goooooooood! Beside, this baby hits the table in less than 30 mins…flat! My kinda cooking…or you can say baking😉

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Let’s get going…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, baking tray, cooling rack, mixing bowl, parchment paper.

Ingredients:

6-7 nos. slices of bread or Pav

1/2 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese + extra for the topping

1/4 cup sweet corn kernels

salt to taste

1 tsp mixed Italian herbs

1 tsp green chilli sauce

1 tsp red chillie flakes

Method:

Preheat the oven @180’c. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminium sheet. Set that aside.

In a mixing bowl, add everything except that bread/ Pav & mix them well.

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Top the bread/ Pav with this mixture and add more cheese on the top. Place them in the prepared baking tray & bake for approximately 15-17 mins at 180’c or until the cheese melts & the bread/ Pav turns crisp.

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Once done, remove from the oven and cool on the cooling rack for 5 mins. Serve them with ketchup 😋

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This is irresistible…I for one, will be making these more often! Do try them out…I am  sure they will go really well with some cocktails too.

Love,

Shreya💖

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