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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💖

Kurkuri Arbi

‘Arbi’ in Hindi or Colocasia in English is something many people do not enjoy. It could be because of it’s slightly slimy texture or because it has no flavour of it’s own….or could be because many people have not tried these Kurkuri Arbi! 😊 

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I, for one love it in any form. Yes, I do!! I make in 3 different ways, meaning 3 different preparations…first being in a curry form, it has a great flavour with aromatic spices and goes so well with crisp, hot Parathas! (yeah, the North Indian in me can’t live without her Parathas😂)

The second being a very simple stir fry…almost like French Fries but so different! It has a very few spices and goes perfectly with some ‘dal khichadi‘ (mixed lentil risotto – Indian style). However, I am not too fond of this preparation and make it very rarely.

Now, it’s the third and my most favourite way of cooking ‘Arbi’ that I am partial to…and it makes an appearance in our plates very regularly…and goes remarkably well with a bowl of steaming hot dal Tadka, rice & some pickle! Wow….my mouth just filled with saliva as I am typing this…😜😜 we call it Kurkuri Arbi…literally translated to Crispy Colocasia Fritters!

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I have learnt this from my Mom and she, probably from hers…it’s a family recipe. The best part about it is that it’s needs no onions or garlic, gets ready in a jiffy and can be served as starter too….could it BE any better!?

Few things to keep in mind when you make these.… I always prepare these in mustard oil however, you can make them in regular refined oil (olive oil?! Well, I don’t know…it’s a traditional Indian recipe…so I would suggest you stick to the basics). When pressure cooking the Arbi, be careful not to go over 2 whistles as they will just turn into a mash if they are over cooked. Also, ensure your hands are completely dry as you coat them with the spices, we don’t want to ruin them by adding any water. They are supposed to be super crisp.

And lastly, don’t worry about itchy fingers while peeling/ cutting them…the way we cook this is foolproof!

Also, I make a stuffed brinjal preparation using the same spices..and it’s awesome! Do have a look… Anyways..coming to this..

Yield: serves 2-3 persons

Equipment: a non-stick pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a spatula, a pressure cooker.

Ingredients:

400 grms Arbi (Colocasia, washed and cleaned well during you get rid of any mud or roots)

2 cup water

5-6 tbsp mustard oil (refer the tips mentioned above)

For the spice blend:

salt to taste

4 tbsp coriander pwd

2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp sugar

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

3/4 tsp amchoor pwd (dry mango pwd)

Method:

In a pressure cooker, cook the cleaned Arbi for 1-2 whistles (read the tips mentioned above).

Once the pressure is settled, remove the boiled Arbi and let them cool down a bit. Then peel them properly and set them aside. (Your fingers won’t itch as they have been boiled).

Heat oil in the pan until it smokes and turn off the flame until the oil cools down (do this only if using mustard oil, else just heat the oil like you usually do). Once again turn on the flame, and add the peeled Arbi in the oil and shallow fry them until they turn slightly golden on all sides, it takes about 4-5 mins. Remove from the oil and set aside for a few mins. Then with the help of the spatula, smash them slightly to flatten them.

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Next, mix all the spices mentioned for the spice blend above. Coat each flattened Arbi in this spice blend and set it aside (Be generous with the spice blend and make sure the Arbi is coated well).

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Now, heat the oil left in the pan once again and shallow fry these coated Arbi until nice and crisp on all sides. This takes about 8-10 mins on medium flame. Once done, serve then piping hot with as a snack or as a side dish for your meal! ☺️

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These are seriously addictive! 😋 So please do try them soon…

Love,

Shreya💓

Khoya Peda

I have always loved Peda. They are soft, slightly fudge and absolutely melt in the mouth! 😋 

Ever since I was a kid, I would wait for a trip to Mahalaxmi Temple in Mumbai to lay my hands on some of the small, yellow Pedas that we would offer as ‘Prashad‘ to the Goddess. Those were the yummiest Pedas I have ever eaten!

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Khoya Peda or Mawa Peda is really easy to make and one of the most common homemade sweets during festivals like Diwali or Dushhera.

In the past I have shared the recipe for Khoya Burfi. Today I am sharing the recipe for this easy Peda…

Yield: 7-8 Pedas

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

Ingredients:

200 gms unsweetened khoya

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp elaichi pwd

a few chironjee or pistachio flakes to garnish

some ghee to grease your palms

Method:

Grate the khoya in a bowl. Add the powdered sugar to the grated khoya. Mix the two well. Then heat a pan, add the khoya-sugar mixture to the pan. Cook it on low flame and stir continuously. The khoya and the sugar will first melt and then slowly start to thicken in about 15-20 mins.

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Add the cardamom pwd and mix again. Turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool down completely. (I let the mixture in the refrigerator for about 45 mins as the climate is very hot and humid and making the Pedas would be difficult.)

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Once the mixture has cooled down and solidified a bit, pinch lemon sized balls of the dough and roll them between greased palms and make smooth Pedas. You can even decorate them with some chironjee or pistachio flakes. That’s it! These keep well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days easily.

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Enjoy these Pedas…you won’t be able stop at one.

Love,

Shreya ❤️

Adapted from here.

Eggless Custard Powder Cake

This is one of the softest eggless cakes that I’ve made in a really long time. It tastes like custard and is very light! Absolutely melt in the mouth kind of a tea cake. 

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I had been looking for a eggless custard powder cake recipe since a long time and found this recipe a few weeks ago…I have made it twice until now and we have loved it! 😊

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I loved the sun kissed, gorgeous yellow colour and the perfect crumb! Pairs well with tea or a glass of milk 😬 You can also try my eggless Marble cake with happens to be a great tea-time cake too!

Let’s see the recipe now…

Yield: one 9″X 5″ loaf

Equipment: 2 large bowls, measuring cups/ spoons, baking paper, baking tin, manual whisk, a sieve, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

1+1/2 cup Maida (APF)

3/4 cup vanilla flavoured custard powder

1+1/4 cup superfine sugar

2+1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

1 cup milk at room temp

2/3 cup vegetable oil

Method:

Line the baking tin with baking paper. Preheat the oven at 180’c.

In a large bowl, sift the Maida with baking powder twice. Then add the custard powder to it and mix well. Set it aside.

In another mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, vanilla essence/ extract & sugar.

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Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk them together until a lump free batter is ready. Pour the batter into the ready tin.

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Bake @180’c for 35-40 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Once it’s baked, cool the cake on a cooling rack for 30 mins before slicing it.

This cake keeps well for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

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Hope you enjoy this soon!

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from Not out Of the Box.

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).

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

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.

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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💓

Adapted from Veg Recipes

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