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Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe is a flat, oven baked Italian bread similar in texture and flavor to a pizza dough. Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe can be served as a side to any main, along with soups, as a table bread or as a snack. Today I’ll share a delicious vegan recipe for a classic Focaccia. 

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe is basically very easy to put together. It is in principle like any other bread, only you add olive oil to the dough and the toppings of one’s choice on the top. I’ve decided to make this bread all vegan which is the ideal way to make a classic Focaccia bread. There is never any need to add butter or milk to the dough. I have used water to hydrate the dough along with generous helpings of olive oil which adds a beautiful flavor and aroma to the bread.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe has the most soft texture. It is super fluffy and extremely moist. All that olive oil does the magic. It gives the focaccia that beautiful crumb. Although I love dense focaccia as well but somehow the fluffy ones make me the happiest! Besides, they are so much more chewy. They have so much bite in them than their dense counterparts. You’ll agree with me once you’ve tried it my way 😉 Pair this bread with my Vegan & GF Mexican Vegetable soup for that perfect Fall evening.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe bakes beautifully to give the perfect crisp top. Thus accommodating just about any topping! They can range from veggies to fresh herbs or even fruits! You can play along with the flavors as you please. I’ve kept mine very minimal today just because I wanted to first share the basics of making the perfect Focaccia! Yes, I had received some requests for the same and hence I thought I should do a vegan version keeping in mind the dietary restrictions many of my readers have told me about.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

I’ll enlist a few pointers here which are crucial and help bake a beautiful bread, be it any bread. I’ve shared the same tips with my Homemade Laadi Mumbai Pav | Egg free Dinner Rolls recipe. That recipe is for the wins and tried and tested my so many!!

Yeast – I use active dry yeast which needs proving (that’s when you dissolve the yeast with warm liquid as mentioned in the recipe for 6-8 minutes). If you use instant yeast, then that can be added directly to the flour. Either of these ingredients are easily available and they both work just fine.

Flour – Bread flour is used in most recipes from the West, however I’ve not been able to find any around me so I simply use All Purpose Flour. Bread flour has more protein and hence churns out taller and chewier rolls/ breads. All Purpose Flour will give you slightly shorter and less chewy rolls/ breads but the taste will be excellent.

Hydration – The dough for any sort of rolls/ bread needs to be hydrated just enough to be slightly tacky (sticky), just barely though. Adding way too much flour can result in stiff dough which in turn make stiff, dry rolls/ breads.

Measurements – Just scoop out the flour with the measuring cup and level it flat. Always use some extra flour to knead th dough just incase if the dough becomes too sticky.

So just keep these pointers super handy and your breads/ rolls will rock!

Let us start with the Vegan Focaccia Recipe.

Take 1/2 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won’t bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn’t bloom, start again).

Once the yeast has bloomed, in a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt. Give them a quick mix.

To the flour and salt mixture, add olive oil and begin adding the bloomed yeast.

Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

Add the rest of the 1/2 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading.

We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. I did use the entire 1/2 cup of water. (this makes the dough quite sticky and gluey so be careful. If you have experience of handling such a sticky dough the please add the entire 1 cup of water. The added moisture in the dough gives a chewy bread). *Overall, I added the entire 1 cup of water the recipe calls for here.*

The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. This is a no-knead bread so we are not going to knead it for more than 3-4 minutes on the work surface.

Then put the dough back in a large greased mixing bowl, cover it with kitchen towel and set in a warm corner for the first proving.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Grease a 7″ square pan with some olive oil. Set it aside.

The dough will have doubled in size in about an hour. If not, let it sit for another 25-30 minutes depending on what part of the world you live in. I’m in a fairly warm city and my dough almost tripled in 50 minutes.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Punch down the dough ever so slightly. We don’t need to deflate it or knead it again. Simply tip the dough into the greased baking tin and gently push it around the tin.

Poke the dough slightly and drizzle more olive oil, sprinkle dried Italian herbs, red chili flakes and some sea salt.

Add the toppings of your choice.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Place the tin in a warm corner for the next 30 minutes for second proving.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210’c for 10 minutes.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Bake the focaccia bread for 25-30 minutes. Every oven works differently so keep that in mind as the baking time may differ. So adjust the baking time accordingly.

Once the bread has been baked, bring it out of the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes on a cooling rack before demolding the same. Once it has cooled down a bit, slice and serve.

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Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Focaccia Bread is a flat, oven baked Italian bread similar in texture and flavor to a pizza dough. Focaccia Bread can be served as a side to any main, along with soups, as a table bread or as a snack. Today I'll share a delicious vegan recipe for a classic Focaccia bread. 
Course Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 squares
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp olive oil plus extra for greasing and topping
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mixed Italian herbs dried, for topping
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes for topping
  • black olives, sliced capsicum for topping optional
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt for topping optional

Instructions

  1. Take 1/2 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won't bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn't bloom, start again).

  2. Once the yeast has bloomed, in a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt. Give them a quick mix.

  3. To the flour and salt mixture, add olive oil and begin adding the bloomed yeast.

  4. Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

  5. Add the rest of the 1/2 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading.

  6. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. I did use the entire 1/2 cup of water. (this makes the dough quite sticky and gluey so be careful. If you have experience of handling such a sticky dough the please add the entire 1 cup of water. The added moisture in the dough gives a chewy bread). *Overall, I added the entire 1 cup of water the recipe calls for here.*

  7. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. This is a no-knead bread so we are not going to knead it for more than 3-4 minutes on the work surface.

  8. Then put the dough back in a large greased mixing bowl, cover it with kitchen towel and set in a warm corner for the first proving.

  9. Grease a 7" square pan with some olive oil. Set it aside.

  10. he dough will have doubled in size in about an hour. If not, let it sit for another 25-30 minutes depending on what part of the world you live in. I'm in a fairly warm city and my dough almost tripled in 50 minutes.

  11. Punch down the dough ever so slightly. We don't need to deflate it or knead it again. Simply tip the dough into the greased baking tin and gently push it around the tin.

  12. Poke the dough slightly and drizzle more olive oil, sprinkle dried Italian herbs, red chili flakes and some sea salt.

  13. Add the toppings of your choice.

  14. Place the tin in a warm corner for the next 30 minutes for second proving.

  15. Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210'c for 10 minutes.

  16. Bake the focaccia bread for 25-30 minutes. Every oven works differently so keep that in mind as the baking time may differ. So adjust the baking time accordingly.

  17. Once the bread has been baked, bring it out of the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes on a cooling rack before demolding the same. Once it has cooled down a bit, slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

Olive oil can be replaced with any other refined oil but olive oil will give the best flavor. 

 

 

Love,
Shreya

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing is a refreshing take on a delicious and classic salad. It is crunchy, crisp and packed with freshness from the choicest ingredients. The dressing is nutty and so unique. If you love all things Mediterranean then this salad has to be tried, right !??

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing is just the thing one needs to beat the heat. It is high on water content and keeps one super hydrated. Every bite is so refreshing. This salad is super quick too, perfect for lunch that keeps you nice and full for hours as it is full of protein. Pair this salad with any mains of your choice if you are looking for ideas for meal-preps.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing is primarily made with chickpeas which are basically garbanzo beans. They are the same thing. Chickpeas have a mild nutty flavor on their own and absorb any flavor really well. I have used canned Chickpeas, however you can cook them at home and use those too.

How to cook your own Chickpeas? It’s super easy. I’ve share a quick recipe for the same here.

Soak a cup full of raw chickpeas for 6-7 hours in 4 cups of water. Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with the same water for 3-4 whistles. Let the steam release on it’s own. Then drain the boiled chickpeas. Let them cool down for a bit and use as needed.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing has a whole lot of fresh cilantro (coriander) and I love the flavor. But you can replace this with some fresh dill or parsley. Whatever you use but do try using some fresh herbs and not dried.

Any leftovers from this salad can be kept in the refrigerator for a couple of days in an airtight box.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing has the most gorgeous dressing. It is nutty, mildly spiced and so tangy. The dressing works well with most salads but goes absolutely spot on with a chickpea salad!

Although you can dress this salad with a basic lemon vinaigrette or any dressing that you love! But do try this Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing. It’s the bomb!!

Let us make ourselves some salad!

For the Salad –

Soak a cup full of raw chickpeas for 6-7 hours in 4 cups of water. Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with the same water for 3-4 whistles. Let the steam release on it’s own. Then drain the boiled chickpeas. (you can use canned too).

Wash, dry and slice cherry tomatoes into halves.

Wash, dry and finely slice the red onion.

Wash, dry and slice English cucumber into half moons.

Wash and roughly chop the fresh cilantro (coriander).

Take these ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the olives.

Toss these together. Set aside.

For the dressing –

In a small bottle, take tahini paste, add lemon juice, salt, pepper, minced garlic, some water and a dash of maple syrup or honey instead.

Close the lid of the bottle, shake well and the dressing is ready!

Assemble –

Drizzle the dressing over the chickpeas and the veggies and toss again. The salad is ready to serve!

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing is a refreshing take on a delicious and classic salad. It is crunchy, crisp and packed with freshness from the choicest ingredients. The dressing is nutty and so unique. If you love all things Mediterranean then this salad has to be tried! 

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 nos. english cucumbers
  • 1 nos. large red onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro/ coriander leaves dill/ parsley work too
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 cup chickpeas

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp plain water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Salad

  1. Soak a cup full of raw chickpeas for 6-7 hours in 4 cups of water. Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with the same water for 3-4 whistles. Let the steam release on it's own. Then drain the boiled chickpeas. (you can use canned too).
  2. Wash, dry and slice cherry tomatoes into halves.

  3. Wash, dry and finely slice the red onion. 

  4. Wash, dry and slice English cucumber into half moons.

  5. Wash and roughly chop the fresh cilantro (coriander). 

  6. Take these ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the olives.

  7. Toss these together. Set aside.

For the Dressing

  1. In a small bottle, take tahini paste, add lemon juice, salt, pepper, minced garlic, some water and a dash of maple syrup or honey instead. 
  2. Close the lid of the bottle, shake well and the dressing is ready!

Assemble

  1. Drizzle the dressing over the chickpeas and the veggies and toss again.
  2. The salad is ready to serve!

Recipe Notes

You can add pecans or walnuts for some extra crunch to this salad. 

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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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

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.

Love,
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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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Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe is a light, moist and delicious cake that goes well with tea or coffee. This recipe doesn’t ask for any fancy ingredients and is very easy to make too 🙂 

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe takes me back to the time when I was a kid and a slice of this cake was truly so exciting! Soft, moist and absolutely yummy. It was an indulgence we’d have usually at birthday parties or when my Mom would bring slices of these from popular cake shops nearby 🙂 There was always a vanilla slice with these pinkish red ribbon, that was my favorite! It looked so catchy, I always looked at that ribbon layer imagining how did it come to be so?!!

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Turns out, making that perfect ribbon isn’t a rocket science! A simple technique and that ribbon looks like it came straight out of a bakery :). I used a 9 inch baking pan and the top cracked ever so slightly. The perfect crack actually for any loaf cake!!! But there is no trick for that, it just happened naturally as the pan was a wee bit small. If you want a loaf without cracks, use a slightly bigger pan for this quantity of cake mix 🙂

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe has the most gorgeous texture. I’ve used one of the very first recipes I ever used from a cookbook to bake an egg free, butter free vanilla cakes. It has never failed me and I have stuck with it 🙂

Let’s see how, do keep all ingredients at room temperature.

Preheat the oven @ 180’c.

Sift flour with corn flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set it aside.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Whisk the condensed milk. Add powdered sugar and whisk until the mixture is frothy. Add oil and whisk again.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Add flour and milk in parts alternately to the condensed milk mixture and fold gently.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Add vanilla extract and mix well. The batter should have a pouring consistency.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Take 1/2 cup of this batter in a bowl. Add one drop of gel color of your choice.

Set side the plain batter until further use.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Mix the color well.

Grease a baking pan or line it with parchment paper. Pour 3/4th of the plain batter into the pan.

Pour the colored batter next on top of the plain batter. Top it with remaining plain batter.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Tap the pan gently to release the excess air bubbles.

Bake the cake @180’c for 40-45 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check the doneness, the toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

If the cake is under cooked, bake for a few more minutes.

Cool the cake completely before slicing. This cake stays fresh for 3-4 days in an airtight box.

Bakery Style Ribbon Cake | Egg free, Butter free Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9 inch loaf

Soft, moist and delicious Tea Time Bakery Style Ribbon Cake is easy to make and uses no butter, no eggs!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tin condensed milk
  • 1+1/4 cup flour (Maida)
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup refined oil
  • 5 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (use more or less if needed to correct the consistency of the batter)
  • 1+1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • gel color of your preference

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180'c.
  2. Sift flour with corn flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set it aside.
  3. Whisk the condensed milk.
  4. Add powdered sugar and whisk until the mixture is frothy.
  5. Add oil and whisk again.
  6. Add flour and milk in parts alternately to the condensed milk mixture and fold gently.
  7. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  8. The batter should have a pouring consistency.
  9. Take 1/2 cup of this batter in a bowl. Add one drop of gel color of your choice.
  10. Set side the plain batter until further use.
  11. Mix the color well.
  12. Grease a baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  13. Pour 3/4th of the plain batter into the pan.
  14. Pour the colored batter next on top of the plain batter.
  15. Top it with remaining plain batter.
  16. Tap the pan gently to release the excess air bubbles.
  17. Bake the cake @180'c for 40-45 minutes.
  18. Insert a toothpick to check the doneness, the toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  19. If the cake is under cooked, bake for a few more minutes.
  20. Cool the cake completely before slicing. This cake stays fresh for 3-4 days in an airtight box.

Notes

Use flavorless oil. Color can be of your choice. Quantity of milk depends on the quality of flour so adjust accordingly. Adjust the sweetness too if needed as we use condensed milk which is pretty sweet.

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Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwich | Spicy Potato Sandwich

Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwiches are a staple street food in Amchi Mumbai….or maybe a vegetable toast sandwich or a plain Chutney (salsa) sandwich…the options are endless and oh so yummy! 😍

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I personally love the vegetable cheese grill sandwich! It’s like the best of both worlds…you get veggies and if you are a cheese lover like me…it’s just so good with that cheese within and on the outside😍😍😍😍….a side of some potato crisps/ chips/ wafers…and some ketchup😋

Similarly, there is another hot favourite among most Mumbaikars….the spicy, aromatic and very delicious Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwich…make it as a toast sandwich or a grilled one…it’s amazing! Aaaaannnddd…..it’s my hubby’s favorite 😘

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This is a regular breakfast or evening snack at our place…and my Mom’s recipe for the filling/ Aloo Masala is super duper yum!

I usually use brown bread to make them…you can use regular white sandwich bread or any multigrain bread if your choice. I had once even used a Homemade Herbed Focacia bread for this sandwich and it was so good! Do try my recipe for Green Chutney, it goes so well with sandwiches.

Anyways…let’s get you started on the recipe..

To make the filling:

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, hing and chopped green chillie. Sauté for a minute.

Next, add the chopped onions. Sweat them for a few minutes. Then add the capsicum. Sauté again. Tip in the tomatoes followed by the salt, turmeric, red chillie powder, ginger-garlic paste. Mix well and cook these together until the tomatoes turn mushy and the raw smell of the ginger- garlic paste goes away.

Next, add the mashed potatoes along with the Pav bhaji Masala. Also add the amchur powder and mix well. Turn off the flea me. Add chopped coriander leaves and give them all a final mix. That’s your filling done! Keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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To make the sandwich:

Take 2 slices of bread. Slather both the slices with butter. Sprinkle some chaat Masala (optional) and spread a thick layer of the potato filling. Heat the griller/ toaster…spread some butter on the griller plate and place the sandwich on it and let it crisp up on both sides. Serve hot with some chips/ crisps and ketchup!

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Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwich | Spicy Potato Sandwich

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: can be used for upto 6-7 sandwiches with generous amount of the potato filling.

Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwich is spicy, tangy and very delicious. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch box or even a quick meal.

Ingredients

  • 5 nos. large potatoes (boiled and mashed)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp finely chopped green chilli
  • a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 2 nos. finely chopped tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Pav bhaji Masala
  • 1/4 tsp amchur powder (raw mango powder)
  • 1-2 tsp water (if needed to correct the consistency)
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • butter as needed to grill/ toast the sandwiches
  • bread slices as needed

Instructions

    Filling
  1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, hing and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.
  3. Next, add the chopped onions.
  4. Sweat them for a few minutes.
  5. Then add the capsicum. Sauté again.
  6. Tip in the tomatoes followed by the salt, turmeric, red chili powder, ginger-garlic paste.
  7. Mix well and cook these together until the tomatoes turn mushy and the raw smell of the ginger- garlic paste goes away.
  8. Next, add the mashed potatoes along with the Pav bhaji Masala.
  9. Also add the amchur powder and mix well. Turn off the flea me.
  10. Add chopped coriander leaves and give them all a final mix.
  11. That's your filling done! Keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  12. Sandwiches
  13. Take 2 slices of bread.
  14. Slather both the slices with butter.
  15. Sprinkle some chaat Masala (optional) and spread a thick layer of the potato filling.
  16. Heat the griller/ toaster...spread some butter on the griller plate and place the sandwich on it and let it crisp up on both sides.
  17. Serve hot with some chips/ crisps and ketchup!

Notes

Use veggies of your choice if you like to make variations. Add cheese if you'd like some. Use this filling in frankies/ rolls, etc.

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You can add some veggies to this filling recipe or even minus a few things if you wish. Do try it…it’s lip smacking 😍

Love,

Shreya💖

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Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce – Glutenfree and Vegan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, on to the recipe….

Yield: serves 2-3 persons

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

Ingredients:

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

3/4 cup finely chopped onions

salt to taste (I used sea salt)

freshly cracked black pepper to taste

4 tbsp olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed

a few fresh basil leaves (or use dried)

2 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

some warm water if needed to correct the consistency

Method:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

Shreya💖

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Mushroom Butter Masala

Mushroom Butter Masala is one of the yummiest preparations of mushrooms for me! Smooth and lusciously creamy gravy with soft mushrooms goes so well with Parathas or Naan ☺️

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Restaurant style mains are everyone’s favourite and making them at home is really easy. This took me approximately 30 mins and it’s one of the best Mushroom Butter Masala I’ve had in a long time! You can also have a look at my other restaurant style recipes like Reshmi Paneer, Paneer Lababdar, Shahi Paneer, Paneer Tava Masala, Dal Makhani….. Do try these, they are awesome!

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Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2

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

Ingredients:

250 gms cleaned and sliced button mushrooms

2 nos. tomato

7-8 nos. cashewnuts

2 tbsp butter

1 each of whole spices like bay leaf, green cardamom, cloves, small piece of mace, cinnamon stick 1″

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 tsp jeera dana

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

3/4 tsp degi mirchi

salt to taste

1/4 tsp sugar

2 tbsp fresh cream

1 tsp kasuri methi

1/2 tsp Garam masala 

Method:

Boil the tomatoes and cashews together in 2 cups of water for 10 mins. Cool them and grind to a fine paste without using any water.

Next, heat butter in a pan, add the whole spices & jeera dana. Sauté for a min, then add the chopped onions. Cook the onions until they turn pink. Then add the sliced mushrooms. Season with salt & sugar. Cook the mushrooms for about 10 mins (at first they will leave water and then slowly the water will be evaporated).

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Mushroom butter masala Polkapuffs recipe How to make restaurant style mushroom butter masala

Once the water evaporates and the mushroom is cooked well, add the tomato-cashew paste. Mix well and cook for 4-5 mins. Then add Garam masala, kasuri methi and the dry spices. Mix well and cook for another 3-4 mins. Add 1/2 cup of water if needed to correct the consistency of the gravy.

Mushroom butter masala Polkapuffs recipe How to make restaurant style mushroom butter masala

Cook for 5 mins, then add the cream and mix well. Turn off the flame and serve piping hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Mushroom butter masala Polkapuffs recipe How to make restaurant style mushroom butter masala

Hope you will try this soon!

Love,

Shreya💓

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Cheesy Baked Pasta

Come Summers and I hate spending hours in the kitchen! I look forward to making quick meals and getting done as soon as possible😜

My Lemon Rice is one such….even Tehri is another option if you are looking for ‘desi’ one-pot meals. Or simply go Asian with some easy Fried Rice and pair it with my spicy Schezwan Sauce!!

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But coming to today’s post…I had made our absolute favourite last weekend! Cheesy Baked Pasta….white bechamèl (white) sauce and loads of veggies…and cheese obviously!! 😉 Although my hubby is wary of indulging in cheese or too much of calorie loaded meals, this he gobbles up without any complaints!😘

I’d been wanting to share this for the longest time but never did I ever make it for lunch so couldn’t click decent pics…and besides, I usually eyeball the ingredients when I make this, (which is very often) so that make things even more difficult to pen down! That’s why, this time around I used measuring cups and spoons for every ingredient 🤓🤓 and trust me, it took me longer than it usually takes to get this ready…😜😜😂

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I simply love this pasta..it’s gooey, oozing with cheese and is huge on flavours! What’s not to like?! And pair this with my Tropical Iced Tea and you have yourself and really fancy brunch😀

Let’s get going then,

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a baking dish, measuring cups/ spoons, cooling rack, a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, a wired whisk.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked pasta (I used Penne, they should be al-dentè)

1/2 cup each of chopped green & red bell pepper

1/2 cup sweet corn kernels

2-3 pods grated garlic

salt & pepper to taste

3 tbsp butter

1 tsp Italian seasonings

1/2 tsp red chilli flakes

4 tbsp APF (Maida)

1 to 11/2 cup milk at room temperature

1 tbsp cream (optional)

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

2-3 tbsp bread crumbs

Method:

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Melt butter in the pan, add APF. Sauté for 2-3 mins. Then add the milk and whisk the flour with the milk constantly until they combine into a smooth paste. If it looks too thick, add some more milk (about 3-4 tbsp). Add grated garlic along with cream and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning & red chilli flakes.

Next, add the veggies (you can use broccoli, mushrooms, baby spinach, zucchini, olives, fresh basil leaves, etc as well). Mix well and cook for 2-3 mins. Then, add the cooked and drained pasta. Stir carefully, cover and cook for 2 mins on low flame. Turn off the heat.

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Preheat the oven at 180’C.

Pour the cooked pasta with the sauce and veggies into a baking dish. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella on top of the pasta evenly. Top it with bread crumbs too (it gives an au gratin like texture). Bake this at 180’C for 10-15 mins or until the cheese bubbles and the top looks nice & golden brown. Take it out of the oven and cool it for a few mins on the cooling rack. Serve it piping hot 😁

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This is such a comfort meal…and takes hardly any time to get done!

Tip: If you have leftovers, let them remain in the baking dish. Cover it with a foil and keep it in the refrigerator. Just heat it in the microwave the next day for about 2-3 mins. It will be as good as fresh 👍🏼

Love,

Shreya💓

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