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Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe is one of the most popular Indo Chinese soups. It tastes delicious and the crunchy noodles on the top are the best bit!!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe can be made with boiled and shredded chicken or  steamed prawns too but I’ve always preferred this vegetarian version. It’s packed with crunchy veggies of my choice!! It has been my favorite forever, I always end up ordering it when we are visiting our favorite Chinese place! 🙂

This soup has to be my go to comfort food when I’m suffering from stuffy nose or a bad throat infection! All that ginger and garlic almost works like a magic potion 😉 And the veggies sure fill me up when I’m not in the mood to eat anything heavier. I also rely heavily on my Mexican Vegetable Soup to cure the sniffles 🙂 It’s a completely different flavor profile and again full of veggies, it’s amazing what some basic ingredients can do!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe making this soup at home is so easy and I’m always up for a bit of chopping to prep the veggies. I don’t use any chopper, it’s just sitting idle in the pantry, lol! I usually add carrots, French beans, mushrooms, cabbage, capsicum, spring onions, broccoli and anything else that is sitting in the refrigerator! That’s the beauty of this recipe. I love the flavor of ginger and garlic in this soup and I add them generously. Needless to say that the fried noodles added on top of the soup while serving it is absolutely genius! The crunch from the noodles along with the half cooked veggies is just so appetizing!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Let’s make some piping hot soup 🙂

Wash, dry and chop all the veggies very finely. Set these aside.

Take water in a bowl and add corn starch, mix these to make smooth slurry. Set it aside too

Chop green chilies, fresh ginger and garlic finely. Set these aside too.

Heat oil in a wok, in the meanwhile, dust the boiled noodles with some APF/ corn flour or rice flour, mix well and fry the boiled noodles until crispy and golden.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Drain the fried noodles on some absorbent kitchen paper. Set them aside.

In the same hot, add chopped green chilies, garlic and ginger. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Next, add the spring onion whites and sauté for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Next, add all the chopped veggies except the greens from the spring onions. Toss all the veggies on high flame for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.

Add soy sauce, vinegar and green chilly sauce. mix well

Add the corn starch slurry and plain water. Stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Add a pinch of sugar (optional).

Let the soup come to a boil, then simmer it for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.

Serve the soup piping hot, topped with fried noodles and chopped spring onion greens.

This soup is best consumed fresh.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2

Restaurant Style Vegetable Manchow soup is spicy, crunchy and packed with delicious veggies. This makes for ideal meal in itself. The crispy noodles on the top are my favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped cabbage
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped capsicum
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped french beans
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped broccoli
  • 2 tbsp. each finely chopped spring onion, keep the greens seperately
  • 1 tsp. each finely chopped ginger, garlic and green chilli
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups plain water
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch + 1/2 cup water (to make the slurry)
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. green chilly sauce
  • a pinch of sugar (option)
  • 1 cup boiled noodles
  • 4-5 tbsp. oil

Instructions

  1. Wash, dry and chop all the veggies very finely. Set these aside.
  2. Take water in a bowl and add corn starch, mix these to make smooth slurry. Set it aside too
  3. Chop green chilies, fresh ginger and garlic finely. Set these aside too.
  4. Heat oil in a wok, add boiled noodles, fry them until crispy and golden.
  5. Drain the fried noodles on some absorbent kitchen paper. Set them aside.
  6. In the same hot, add chopped green chilies, garlic and ginger. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Next, add the spring onion whites and sauté for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
  8. Next, add all the chopped veggies except the greens from the spring onions. Toss all the veggies on high flame for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.
  9. Add soy sauce, vinegar and green chilly sauce. mix well
  10. Add the corn starch slurry and plain water. Stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Add a pinch of sugar (optional).
  11. Let the soup come to a boil, then simmer it for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
  12. Serve the soup piping hot, topped with fried noodles and chopped spring onion greens.
  13. This soup is best consumed fresh.

Notes

You can add boiled and shredded chicken in place of veggies or even some seafood. Add more spices if you like, but this recipe does make a pretty hot and spicy Manchow soup.

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Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is spicy, filled with so much flavor and tastes absolutely delightful with some hot tea or coffee!! 

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is a famous street food from Hyderabad and the people swear by them 🙂 Most evenings are spent relishing these Bhajjis with a cup of tea or coffee, specially during the rainy season!! The pairing of these crunchy, crispy and spicy fritters or Bhajjis and the hot beverage can make anyone hungry 😉

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is made with large Bhavnagri Chilies and they are slit lengthwise in the center and filled with a tangy, spicy, nutty paste and then the chilies are dipped in a thick batter of chickpea flour and deep fried!!!! Bliss! I can finish an entire plateful in one go, lol!! They are very spicy, no doubt 😉

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

I serve these with a spicy raw mango chutney, and some chaat masala sprinkled in the top. A bit chopped onions on top these fritters are just another texture that goes so well with the crispy treats 🙂

Let’s make some Bhajjis….

Wash and pat dry whole Bhavnagri chilies. Slit them lengthwise and de-seed if you prefer slightly less spicy. Follow this for the entire batch.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take khopra/ dry coconut slices in a pan, sauté them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Take these out of the pan and let them cool down in a bowl.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take the sautéed khopra along with chopped green chilies, fresh coriander leaves, garlic cloves, tamarind pulp and salt in a blender jar and make a smooth paste.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Fill this paste in all the de-seeded chilies.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take besan/ chick pea flour in a large bowl, add sufficient water, salt to taste and baking soda.

Whisk well to make a thick paste.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai/ wok. Once it’s hot enough, dip each stuffed chili in the batter an deep fry one or two at a time on medium flame until golden and crispy.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Serve these piping hot.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10 fritters

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji/ Fritters are a famous, spicy, deep fried snack from the streets of one of the most iconic Indian city - Hyderabad. They are best paired with a cup piping hot tea or coffee and enjoyed as snacks!

Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 10 nos. Bhaavnagri Chilies
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp. chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup sliced dry coconut/ khopra
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • salt to taste
  • Batter:
  • 1+1/2 cup chickpea flour/ besan
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry whole Bhavnagri chilies. Slit them lengthwise and de-seed if you prefer slightly less spicy. Follow this for the entire batch.
  2. Filling:
  3. Take khopra/ dry coconut slices in a pan, sauté them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Take these out of the pan and let them cool down in a bowl.
  4. Take the sautéed khopra along with chopped green chilies, fresh coriander leaves, garlic cloves, tamarind pulp and salt in a blender jar and make a smooth paste.
  5. Fill this paste in all the de-seeded chilies.
  6. Batter:
  7. Take besan/ chick pea flour in a large bowl, add sufficient water, salt to taste and baking soda.
  8. Whisk well to make a thick paste.
  9. Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai/ wok. Once it's hot enough, dip each stuffed chili in the batter an deep fry one or two at a time on medium flame until golden and crispy.
  10. Serve these piping hot.
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Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast is my all time favorite sandwich!! It’s spicy, filled with gooey cheese and a bit of crunch from the capsicum makes it so filling and irresistible! 

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast is so easy to make, with simple, everyday ingredients. Perfect for breakfast or quick lunch/ brunch. Or even to pack some for your kids lunchbox, etc. I can practically have these everyday 🙂 and there was a time I really did it almost everyday.

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast as I said is my favorite sandwich after Bombay Masala Toast Sandwich. These chilli cheese grills were my staple snack back in day when I was in my college days. My college was in Fort, Mumbai and we had some of the best street food right around my college. My friends and I were regulars around this particular sandwich stall and this sandwich was my go to order. In fact that vendor knew I’d order these more often than any order sandwich! Lol!! I was so in love with it that I watched him make them every time and even learnt it quickly!

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

I came home on one such occasion and I was keen to give this recipe a go, not myself though 😉 I gave the recipe to my Mom, and she nailed it, it tasted so good, I knew I’d have them at home too! I was glad my Mom always had the basic ingredients for any snack at home! She can practically still whisk up anything I like to eat, all I need to do is ask :)…Moms are this way, aren’t they!?

Anyways, let’s get on with the recipe.

In a bowl, add finely chopped onion, green chilies and green bell pepper (capsicum).

Add grated cheese, black pepper powder, salt to taste, green chutney, sandwich masala and chat masala.

Mix these well.

Apply butter on two slices of bread, apply some green chutney as well.

Spread the mixture evenly on one of the buttered slices. Spread the mixture till the corners too.

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Grate more cheese if you like. Place the other buttered slice over the slice with the mixture.

Heat the griller, apply butter and place the sandwich. Apply more butter on the top.

Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Grill until golden brown and crisp. Apply some more butter and serve hot with some ketchup/ mayonnaise or any chutney.

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Chilli Cheese Grill Sandwich | How to make Chilli Cheese Toast

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2-3 sandwiches

Spicy, buttery, filled with the goodness of fresh veggies and oozing with cheese, Chilli Cheese Toast is yummiest sandwich! Enjoy these for breakfast or for a light meal, it's very filling and healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 nos. large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 nos. large green bell pepper (capsicum), finely chopped
  • 2 tsp chopped green chili
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sandwich masala (available in local stores)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • butter, as needed to butter the bread and grill the sandwiches
  • 6 slices of bread (I used white sandwich bread)
  • green chutney green chutney as needed

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add finely chopped onion, green chilies and green bell pepper (capsicum).
  2. Add grated cheese, black pepper powder, salt to taste, green chutney, sandwich masala and chat masala.
  3. Mix these well.
  4. Apply butter on two slices of bread, apply some green chutney as well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly on one of the buttered slices. Spread the mixture till the corners too.
  6. Grate more cheese if you like. Place the other buttered slice over the slice with the mixture.
  7. Heat the griller, apply butter and place the sandwich. Apply more butter on the top.
  8. Grill until golden brown and crisp. Apply some more butter and serve hot with some ketchup/ mayonnaise or any chutney.

Notes

Sandwich masala is an optional ingredient.

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Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake is a flavorful, light tea time cake. This cake has a dominant flavor of khoya/ mawa (milk solids) and cardamom. It is traditionally topped with sliced cashews or sliced pistachios and almonds.  

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake is really an one of it’s kind of a cake, it has such pronounced Indian flavors, you’d almost mistake it for an Indian sweet but it’s an incredibly light, fluffy and scrumptious tea time cake despite being eggless 🙂 The milk solids or mawa as it’s known in India, gives the Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake a almost caramel like aroma once it’s baked. It’s the signature cake or bakery delight in Mumbai’s popular Irani cafes or restaurants hence the name Parsi Mawa Cake. You can’t be a Mumbaikar and not love these 😛

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake is made without eggs as the name suggests, I had no plans to make this immediately after the Parsi mawa cake recipe that I posted yesterday. But it so happened that I received many messages and some emails asking for an eggless/ egg free version of the same. I felt it was necessary to do soon so that my readers can try if they so wish to, hence today I’m posting an egg free version here.

I saw a few videos on YouTube long back on egg free mawa cake and it is pretty much like my Egg free Ribbon Cake recipe with a few modifications here and there. The texture, to my surprise has turned out well and the taste is really caramel like, which I loved!!

Let’s move on to the recipe.

Preheat the oven @180’c.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together condensed milk and butter until they are fluffy. I whisked for about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.

Add 1/4 cup of milk and whisk again.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Sieve Maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, baking soda and cardamom powder in the mixture.

Whisk well.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Add grated khoya/ mawa.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Gently mix this mawa into the batter. Do not over mix. The batter is thick and a bit lumpy.

Grease a 9″ loaf pan, line the base with a piece of parchment.

Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle some sliced pistachio on the top.

Tap the pan a few times on the work surface to release air bubbles.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Bake for 40-45 minutes @180’c. Once baked, do a toothpick test, the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean or with a few soft crumbs.

If the cake is under cooked, bake for another 5-10 minutes.

Cool the cake on a cooling rack for an hour before de moulding it and slicing.

I’ll update the shelf life of the cake in the next 2-3 days as I need to see how well it keeps fresh.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9"loaf

Light, moist and delicious egg free Parsi Mawa Cake is easy to make and goes well with tea/ coffee!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tin condensed milk (1/2 of 400gm tin)
  • 3 tbsp. soft unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Maida / APF
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp. powdered sugar (adjust this to taste preference)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup grated mawa/ khoya
  • 2 tbsp. sliced pistachio

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @180'c.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together condensed milk and butter until they are fluffy. I whisked for about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.
  3. Add milk and whisk again.
  4. Sieve Maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, baking soda and cardamom powder in the mixture.
  5. Whisk well.
  6. Add grated khoya/ mawa.
  7. Gently mix this mawa into the batter. Do not over mix. The batter is thick and a bit lumpy.
  8. Grease a 9" loaf pan, line the base with a piece of parchment.
  9. Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle some sliced pistachio on the top.
  10. Tap the pan a few times on the work surface to release air bubbles.
  11. Bake for 40-45 minutes @180'c. Once baked, do a toothpick test, the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean or with a few soft crumbs.
  12. If the cake is under cooked, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  13. Cool the cake on a cooling rack for an hour before de moulding it and slicing.
  14. I'll update the shelf life of the cake in the next 2-3 days as I need to see how well it keeps fresh.

Notes

Use good quality mawa. Do not over mix the batter. Let the cake cool down completely before slicing.

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Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

 Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is a flavorful, light tea time cake. This cake has a dominant flavor of khoya/ mawa (milk solids) and cardamom. It is traditionally topped with sliced cashews or sliced pistachios and almonds.  

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is really an one of it’s kind of a cake, it has such pronounced Indian flavors, you’d almost mistake it for an Indian sweet but it’s an incredibly light, fluffy and scrumptious tea time cake 🙂 The milk solids or mawa as it’s known in India, gives the Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake a almost caramel like aroma once it’s baked. It’s the signature cake or bakery delight in Mumbai’s popular Irani cafes or restaurants hence the name Parsi Mawa Cake. You can’t be a Mumbaikar and not love these 😛

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is usually topped with some sliced nuts or cashews. I like the look of the sliced nuts hence went with that option. And I simply loved the nutty aroma of these nuts once they are baked and they did turn a bit crunchy, giving a lovely bite to this soft, fluffy cake.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Look at that crumb!! Moist, fluffy and the cake rose so beautifully (pssst…it has no baking powder or baking soda and yet it rose remarkably well)! I have to admit this my first trial with a mawa cake and I just tweaked my recipe for Strawberry Snack Cake and made this mawa cake a few days ago. I’m really stoked at how nicely it all worked out and it didn’t end up in the bin..hehe!!  Besides, my hubby really enjoyed this, to the last crumb if I must say so myself!! So that’s one cake which is going to feature often in my ‘baking for weekend’ list! 🙂

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

It slices very neatly if you let cool down for 20-30 minutes. This cake stays fresh for 4-5 days in an airtight container at room temperature and up to 7 days in the refrigerator.

Let’s get cracking!

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. I used a 5″ cake tin.
Preheat the oven @180’C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.

Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
Add the cardamom powder into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
Once both the eggs are well incorporated, add the crumbled mawa and whisk well until the mawa has incorporated into the egg mixture.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake
Then sieve in the flour and salt.
Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
Pour the cake batter into the tin. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
Sprinkle the sliced nuts on top.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180’C for 40-50 minutes. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness. If it’s underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 5" round cake

Parsi Mawa Cake is a delicious, flavorsome cake to accompany your tea/ coffee. A crunchy topping of sliced nuts adds a lovely texture to every bite!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 nos. large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 100 gms crumbled mawa
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced pistachios and almonds

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. I used a 5" cake tin.
  2. Preheat the oven @180'C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
  3. Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.
  4. Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
  5. Add the cardamom powder into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
  6. Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
  7. Once both the eggs are well incorporated, add the crumbled mawa and whisk well until the mawa has incorporated into the egg mixture.
  8. Then sieve in the flour and salt.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
  10. Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
  11. Pour the cake batter into the tin. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
  12. Sprinkle the sliced nuts on top.
  13. Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180'C for 40-50 minutes. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
  14. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness. If it's underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  15. Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.
  16. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

This recipe doesn't need baking soda/ baking powder, Use good quality, fresh mawa/ khoya. Let the cake cool before you slice or remove it from the tin.

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Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles are spicy, sour and sweet leaving you refreshed in these sunny summer days. These are totally addictive and absolutely delicious. 🙂 

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles are made from scratch and I have flavored them with lots of fresh spices and lemon juice. They taste just like the ones I’ve enjoyed at Juhu beach all these years. Kala Khatta is my favorite flavor, hands down when I’m thinking of ‘gola‘ or ‘chuski‘ (Indian popsicles). I can probably have 2-3 at one go and still long for more, hahah!! Although, a mixed flavored gola is just as good with a ton of spice powder/ Chaat masala sprinkled all over!! I’m salivating just as I type this draft, lol!!

You know I love popsicles, right?! Here are a few easy ones which will tide you over these summers 😉
Mango Kiwi Pops
Detox Pops
Orange Pops
Volcano Pops

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta can be made easily at home with fresh Jamun/ Indian Java Plum fruits. They are available in plenty around this time in Indian, that is the end of May through mid June. Yes, they are available for a really short time and I make the most of this time! You must try my Jamun Panna / Java Plum cooler. 

Let’s make some pops…

Wash the jamuns. Wash a handful of mint leaves.
Boil water in a pan.
Season the boiling water with salt. Add sugar, mint leaves and the jamuns.
Let them boil together until the jamuns become mushy and soft.
Turn off the flame, let this concoction come to room temperature.
Sieve the concoction and collect the puree in a bowl.
Discard the mint leaves along with the jamun seeds and leftover peels, etc.
Add lemon juice, kala namak, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala to the pulp.
Mix well.
You can add more sugar if needed as per your taste.
Pour this mixture into popsicle moulds and add an ice cream stick.
Set them in the refrigerator for 7-8 hours to let them set.
Once set, unmould and enjoy.

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Prep Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 4-5 pops

Sweet, slightly sour and a tad bit spicy Indian Java Plum/ Jamun Popsicles are so delicious and very refreshing during the sunny days! These are the best Kala Khatta Popsicles one can make at home with just a few basic pantry essentials.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 250 gms jamun/ java plum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6-7 tbsp. sugar
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 tsp kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt
  • 3/4 tsp chaat masala
  • 3/4 tsp roasted cumin powder/ bhuna jeera powder

Instructions

  1. Wash the jamuns. Wash a handful of mint leaves.
  2. Boil water in a pan.
  3. Season the boiling water with salt. Add sugar, mint leaves and the jamuns.
  4. Let them boil together until the jamuns become mushy and soft.
  5. Turn off the flame, let this concoction come to room temperature.
  6. Sieve the concoction and collect the puree in a bowl.
  7. Discard the mint leaves along with the jamun seeds and leftover peels, etc.
  8. Add lemon juice, kala namak, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala to the pulp.
  9. Mix well.
  10. You can add more sugar if needed as per your taste.
  11. Pour this mixture into popsicle moulds and add an ice cream stick.
  12. Set them in the refrigerator for 7-8 hours to let them set.
  13. Once set, unmould and enjoy.
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Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

 Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe is refreshing, minty and perfect to beat the heat these summers. They are made in a jiffy with my favorite summer produce and I can’t get enough already!  🙂 

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe tastes so delicious, I’m completely hooked! Fresh mango juice from my favorite Alphonso mangoes is the magic ingredient here in this virgin mojito 🙂 Given that this is a virgin mojito, it’s made with fresh fruit juice and carbonated water. Remember my Pomegranate Mojito?! It is still one my most hit recipes!! Even my Kiwi Mojito Pops are such a refreshing way to cool off this summer.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe was such a fad a couple of years ago when it appeared on the menus of most cafes, bistros and restaurants. It was such a phenomenal flavor and that too with such basic ingredients. I remember us ordering it everywhere we went and we still do sometimes when we’re out. It’s very rare that a teetotaler couple manages to find a great mocktail!

Since, we loved it so much, I’ve made it a few times at home and it’s so satisfying to be able to recreate this with so much ease 🙂 Fun even, muddling the ingredients and mixing a drink is almost therapeutic.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

A closer look?! It makes one drool right?! Lol! You should definitely try it out soon.

Let’s make this a quick one! 😉

For the Syrup
Boil equal quantity of sugar and water together to make a simple syrup.
Let it cool completely and set it aside.
You can prepare this syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator.

For the Base
You can use fresh juice or canned, whatever is available.
I used fresh juice from Alphonso mangoes.
Muddle together fresh mint leaves and lemon wedges.

To serve
Place 4-5 ice cubes in each serving glass, add 2 tbsp. of the muddled mixture.
Add a few extra lemon wedges and mint leaves if you like.
Add the ready sugar syrup according to taste.
Add 1/2 cup of mango juice in each glass.
Finally, add 1/4 cup of carbonated water/ soda water and serve immediately.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 servings/ glasses

This is a refreshing virgin Mango Mojito, bursting with the flavors of lemon and mint, a more fruity version of the classic virgin mojito! It's made with everyday ingredients and comes together in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups mango juice (I used fresh juice)
  • 3/4 cup soda water/ carbonated water
  • simple sugar syrup as needed (see the steps below to prepare this )
  • 6 nos. lemons (cut into wedges)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • ice cubes as needed
  • extra slices of lemon and mint leaves if needed

Instructions

    For the Syrup
  1. Boil equal quantity of sugar and water together to make a simple syrup.
  2. Let it cool completely and set it aside.
  3. You can prepare this syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator.
  4. For the Base
  5. You can use fresh juice or canned, whatever is available.
  6. I used fresh juice from Alphonso mangoes.
  7. Muddle together fresh mint leaves and lemon wedges.
  8. To serve
  9. Place 4-5 ice cubes in each serving glass, add 2 tbsp. of the muddled mixture.
  10. Add a few extra lemon wedges and mint leaves if you like.
  11. Add the ready sugar syrup according to taste.
  12. Add 1/2 cup of mango juice in each glass.
  13. Finally, add 1/4 cup of carbonated water/ soda water and serve immediately.

Notes

This sugar syrup can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a glass jar.

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Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

 Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits are crispy, crunchy and very delicious on their own or with some Indian style ‘chai’. These biscuits have originated in the state of Punjabi but has become very popular all over the country.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Wholewheat Biscuits

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits are a staple in most tea shops around India. Even in most households, these biscuits find a home as they are delicious and very light as well. These biscuits are an Indian take on the classic English shortbread biscuits. However, they are made without butter and all purpose flour. Hence they have a slightly dense texture and they are so crumbly.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits has been one of my favorites from when I was a teenager and I’d have these when my Mom got them from a nearby Punjabi grocery stores. Somehow, I had never really liked them before and then, all of a sudden, I just fell in love with them! Have you had these with milk?! Oh they taste amazing 🙂

These are made with just 5 ingredients! I didn’t even need any whisking machine or any fancy equipment to make the dough. This biscuit dough doesn’t need to be chilled either before being baked. So that means this is a quick, instant biscuit that you can whisk up as and when you like.

Let’s bake!

Preheat the oven @ 160’c for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, take ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat BiscuitsBakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Whisk together the sugar with the ghee until they are well incorporated. This mixture does not have to be very light and fluffy.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Next, add the baking powder and half of the whole wheat flour.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Whisk gently and add the remaining whole wheat flour.

Add milk a little at a time and make a soft, pliable dough.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

I have used a chakli/ cookie press (the ribbed plate to shape these cookies).

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Divide the into two equal haves, shape it into logs. Fill one log into the chakli/ cookie press and shape the cookies, keep each cookie about 1 inch -1 1/2 inch long.

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Bake them @160’c for 15-16 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.

Once baked, cool them on a cooling rack for a few minutes. They turn crisp quite quickly.

I’ve shared the ingredients in cup/ tablespoons but please be careful, they are approximate measures. It’s best to use ingredients in grams.

1+1/4 cup Atta/ wholewheat flour

1/4 cup ghee

12 tbsp powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

3/4 tsp baking powder

Bakery Style Atta Biscuits | No egg No butter Whole wheat Biscuits

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 30 biscuits approx.

Made with whole wheat flour, these crispy, crunchy and egg free biscuits are light and addictive and pair fabulously with chai!

Ingredients

  • 150 grams whole wheat flour (Atta)
  • 60 gms ghee (clarified butter) at room temperature, not melted
  • 90 gms powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml milk approx.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 160'c for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, take ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.
  3. Whisk together the sugar with the ghee until they are well incorporated.
  4. This mixture does not have to be very light and fluffy.
  5. Next, add the baking powder and half of the whole wheat flour.
  6. Whisk gently and add the remaining whole wheat flour.
  7. Add milk a little at a time and make a soft, pliable dough.
  8. I have used a chakli/ cookie press (the ribbed plate to shape these cookies).
  9. Divide the into two equal haves, shape it into logs.
  10. Fill one log into the chakli/ cookie press and shape the cookies, keep each cookie about 1 inch -1 1/2 inch long.
  11. Bake them @160'c for 15-16 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  12. Once baked, cool them on a cooling rack for a few minutes. They turn crisp quite quickly.

Notes

These cookies stay fresh for 5-6 days in an airtight container. The dough doesn't need to be chilled before baking. If you don't have a cookie press, roll the dough and slice it any shape before baking them.

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Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe is one of the most popular dips or accompaniments served with idlis, dosas or wadas across all Udupi style restaurants in Mumbai. It tastes very delicious and is very simple to nail! 🙂 

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe even pairs deliciously with some Adai dosa which is made with mixed lentils and rice. It needs no fermentation either and is rather healthy 🙂 Coming to this white coconut chutney, it really looks very simple and almost plain Jane kinds but that’s not true. One spoonful of this stuff and you will be addicted! It has a mild punch and an tangy aftertaste, you’ll soon know how??! 😉

Before I forget, this crispy, golden brown dosa in the pictures is made using my no-fail homemade Idli-dosa batter, recipe for which is right here!

Also, try my recipes for,

Tomato Onion Chutney
Green Coconut Chutney
Instant Tiffin Style Sambhar

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe uses the most basic pantry essentials and takes under 30 minutes to prepare from scratch!  The only difficult part (for me) is to get that coconut out of its shell! My trusty help almost always is around to do the task and from there on I’m pretty comfortable 😉

Anyways, if you’ve tasted this chutney before over at a Udupi joint, you’ll know that the texture is really smooth and the consistency is slightly thin and runny. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Make it too thick and you wont like the texture. Make it too runny and it will drown your Idli/ dosa. So just eyeball the quantity of water while you are grinding this chutney!

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Looks interesting right??!!! But the most interesting part is that my Mom can break a coconut in two clean portions in one shot! I witnessed it just last week when she was visiting me! Bammm! And we have two halves! Just like that 🙂 Mummy ka magic, lol! They looked so good, I did an impromptu ingredient flat lay, styled and shot, all in under 5 minutes flat! You gotta do what you gotta do 😉

Anyways, let’s do this.

For the Chutney

Break the coconut, wash it and chop it or grate it. Set it aside.

Heat oil in a small tadka pan. Sauté the white lentils (tukda urad dal) in the oil until it’s aromatic but make sure it doesn’t turn brown. It should remain pale.

Next, take the coconut, sautéed lentils (urad dal) with its oil, salt to taste, dalia, tamarind pulp and water as needed to blend these into a smooth paste.

Add some more water if needed to make it slightly runny.

For the Tempering

Heat the oil in a small tadka pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds and whole red chilies. Let them splatter about for a minute and the add this to the chutney. Mix well. Serve with Idli or dosa.

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 200 grams approximately

A typical, easy to make, everyday South Indian accompaniment made with fresh coconuts and mild spices that tastes delicious with idlis (lentil cakes), dosas (lentil crepes) and wadas (lentil fritters).

Ingredients

    For Chutney
  • 1 nos. large coconut
  • 1 tbsp. refined oil
  • 2 tsp white skinned lentil (tukda urad dal)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. dalia (split roasted chickpeas)
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind pulp
  • For Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. refined oil
  • a handful of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 4-5 nos. whole red chilies

Instructions

    For the Chutney
  1. Break the coconut, wash it and chop it or grate it. Set it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a small tadka pan. Sauté the white lentils (tukda urad dal) in the oil until it's aromatic but make sure it doesn't turn brown. It should remain pale.
  3. Next, take the coconut, sautéed lentils (urad dal) with its oil, salt to taste, dalia, tamarind pulp and water as needed to blend these into a smooth paste.
  4. Add some more water if needed to make it slightly runny.
  5. For the Tempering
  6. Heat oil in a small tadka pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds and whole red chilies. Let them splatter about for a minute and the add this to the chutney. Mix well. Serve with Idli or dosa.

Notes

Use fresh coconuts. You can add green chilies to the chutney if you wish. This chutney stays fresh for 2 days when refrigerated. Do not store in stainless steel vessels, use porcelain jars.

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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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