Monday, February 18, 2019

Capsicum and potato Cashew masala

The beets paratha which i posted yesterday where paired with this yumm capsicum and potato cashew masala. We at home love potatoes, i bet most of the human kind love potatoes, the rest who hate them should be classified as aliens living amongst us. 
Seriously, if you hate potatoes then you must have never tasted anything delicious with them, that is why the hate. At home, we eat potatoes in every form, as curry, as bread, in breads, boiled, fried, smashed, smeared, with chili, with pepper, with jeera, as jhol, as a dry curry, with ras, without ras but crisp and crunch, this list can go endless. 
This curry with capsicum and cashewnut is another delicious way we enjoy our potatoes. The midly spiced, semi gravy with tender potatoes, and perfectly sauteed capsicums tastes out of the world. Pair it with rotis or with rice, you are going to make them again and again in your kitchen.
Ingredients
1 Large Potato or 2 medium sized potatoes, peeled, chopped into cubes and parboiled
2 now capsicums, medium sized, cut into cubes
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp freshly pouded coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp salt

To be Sauteed  and Ground to a paste
1 tsp oil (These days i use coconut oil to my cooking, feel free to use any oil of your choice)
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 tomatoes ( medium sized tomatoes), roughly chopped
1 green chili
2 cloves of garlic
5-8 nos cashews ( i added 6)
1/4-1/2 cup of water

Method
  • Prepare all the veggies, wash them and chop accordigly. Wash, peel and cube the potatoes and parboil them. This step is absolutely optional, i have tried both ways of parboiling prior and cooking directly in the liquid. The former might reduce the time a bit, but taste-wise it is the same.Go ahead and use the method that suits you best. 
  • In a pan, add oil, when it is hot add roughly chopped onions, garlic and green chili. Saute until onions are translucent. Next add chopped tomates and saute. Let the tomtoes lose their shape, it might take around 2-3 minutes, add the cashewnuts to this, add 1/4 cup of water, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Take it off the stove and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  • I usually use my stick blender for blending masala paste for my curries. So i dont mind when it is hot. If you are using your normal blender, kindly let the ingredients cool well or else you might end splattering hot liquid all over you.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water to the onion-tomato mix and blend it to soupy consistency. Once done, keep aside.
  • Now in the same pan, add another tsp of oil, add cumin and chopped capsicums to it and saute for 2-3 minutes. Next add the parboiled/raw potatoes to this and saute for a minute. Add turmeric to this and mix well. 
  • Now add the blended onion & tomato cashew liquid to this. Add red chili powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well. 
  • If potatoes are parboiled :let the curry cook without covering for 8-10 minutes. Once done, finally add the garam masala and let it sit for 2 more minutes in heat. 
  • If the potatoes are not parboiled : Cover and cook for 8 minutes and let the potatoes cook well, then uncover and cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  • I served them with beets paratha for my kids lunch.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Beetroot Paratha/Beets Chapathi/Beets Roti

After a break i m back with our Blogging marathon group and i chose to post Vegan/GF/Paleo recipes for this week. In this genre, i m posting a vegan recipe today, a simple paratha made with colorful beets. Beets is our vegetable. Beets rasam and beets chutney being our favorite. 
Now this beets paratha too joined that favorite list. I was a little skeptical whether my little one would like it, but to my surprise he loved the mildly spiced paratha, his favorite side for this is plain curd, whereas my elder one enjoys with a spicy side too. 

Ingredients
1&1/4 cup - 1&1/2 cup Whole Wheat flour
salt to taste
1 tbsp of oil
1/3 cup - 1/2 cup warm water
To grind to a coarse paste
80 grams of beets. peeled and cooked until soft.
1/2 a green chili
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 or 2 tbsp of water to ease grinding
Method
  • In a food processor or a chopped, take cooked beets,add green chili and cumin seeds to it and blitz away. I prefer almost smooth mix.
  • If you are doing in a food processor then you can add wheat flour to the processor and continue kneading the dough.
  • If not, remove the ground beets to a bowl, add flour and salt to it and mix. To this slowly add 1/4 cup of water first and knead and add extra water when you need.
  • When the dough is almost done, add oil to it and knead to a smooth dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Once rested, divide the dough to 4-6 portions, depending on the size you roll. Dust each dough ball with flour, roll out into thin discs, cook on a hot tava on both sides until done. I usually smear ghee once the roti is cooked. 
  • Keep the roti covered in a kitchen cloth until served. I packed these colorful roti's for my kids breakfast box along with Potato and capsicum masala.



Saturday, February 09, 2019

Gulkand Coconut Ladoos - Quick bites made with Coconut,Condensed milk and Gulkand/Rose petal jam

Hello dearies, long time no see! yeah, i took relaxed break from my blogging, but i was active in insta and FB. More on insta actually. I read somewhere in FB that goes 
"I have decided to start my 2019 from February 1st, January is my trial month!"
With regard to blogging, i followed the above quote. Anyways, can't keep the place silent too long, isn't?  Thank you for all those who visited, even though there was not much happening in this space. Now, let us go today's recipe.
With Valentine's day around the corner, i thought why not posts some simple dishes that can be made in a jiffy to impress your loved ones. This coconut ladoos, flavored with gulkand and roohafza syrup is a hit amongst my friends. I made around 2-3 dozen of this and the Mango Ladoos for Diwali. The mango ladoos were quite famous with kids and the gulkand with the adults. 
I made these again for our Christmas get together along with the fruit cake. These Gulkand ladoos are quite a treat for ourselves and a great edible gift. If you are someone like me, who always feel that edible gifts hold that personal touch, then this ladoo should definitely be in your list. It hardly takes anytime, quick to make, a treat to look and as well as taste. Do try and let me know how you liked it.

Ingredients
2 cups dessicated coconut + 2 tbsp for rolling the ladoos
1 tin condensed milk
3 tbsp gulkand/Rose petal jam
1-2 tsp roofafza syrup
2-3 pod of cardaom, crushed 

Method
  • Heat a wide pan, measure 1 tbsp ghee, add the coconut to it and roast until the raw smell dissappears. You dont have to roast it until golden brown. Toast it for 2-3 minutes in a medium flame.
  • To this now condensed milk and pounded cardamom. Keep the flame medium and stir the mixture frequently.
  • Once the mixture comes together as a mass, add gulkand and roohafza syrup and stir well. Take it off the stove and let it cool. Once it comes down and is warm to touch, divide the mixture into small balls and roll it in your palms. 
  • Roll the ladoos, on dessicated coconut and set aside. Rolling in dessicated coconut is optional, but gives a nice look to the ladoos.
  • Store them in an air-tight box in the refrigerator, i didnt want to keep them outside as it is made of coconut.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Eggless Strawberry chocolate chip muffins

How come i not make a strawberry cake when it is in season! Every week when we go for vegetable shopping, these fresh berries, scream at us, asking us to pick few boxes home. My lil one loves the fresh jam i make with these berries. For that matter, this jam is very popular amongst our friends, last year i remember gifting them to many of them. 
This year the first batch i made, i gave it to my non-strawberry loving friend, who loved the jam, she took some lolo buns too with them, and she messaged me saying that she loved the combination. This is the second batch of jam i made and used it all up in this cake. 
The recipe is adapted from my Mango cake recipe, I just replaced the mango puree with strawberry jam. One can also use fresh strawberry puree in the recipe, if using fresh puree, kindly increase the sugar to 3/4 cup. Since the jam contains enough sugar, i have added only 1/4 cup of sugar to the muffins.
This recipe can be baked as a cake too, i baked a little batter in a bigger heart-shaped ramekin, the texture was pretty good, except it takes a lil longer time than the muffins. 
Enjoy these muffins bursting with fresh seasonal flavors for your breakfast or snack, these are great finger food for travels. If you love strawberry cakes, do check my Vegan strawberry mocha cake, Strawberry white chocolate cake, Strawberry cake with fresh strawberries
Ingredients
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar (see notes)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup homemade strawberry jam/fresh strawberry puree  (See notes)
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Line 12-hole muffin pan with liners. I got around 12 usual muffins and baked one in a slightly bigger heart-shaped ramekin. if you want to bake it all muffinss then you might get 14 normal ones.
  • Take the strawberry jam in a wide bowl, add milk to it and whisk it smooth. Pass this mixture through a sieve, to remove the seeds of the strawberries. If you and your people at home, don't mind that crunchy texture of seeds in the muffins, then you can skip straining. My kids have micro sensors in their mouth, which can go 'beeeeeeppp" when they sense something unusual in their bakes. So i strained the liquid.
  • Now to this strawberry milk, add oil and whisk smooth. In another bowl, sieve together, flour, baking powder and baking soda. To this flour mix add chocolate chips and mix. 
  • Now slowly add the dry mix in to the wet mix in 3 batches. Using a spatuala mix it in. Take care not to mix vigourously, mix in single direction. 
  • Now using an ice-cream scoop, fill each hole of the muffin pan with the prepared batter. I used my small ladle. 
  • Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for  20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Once done, remove the muffin pan from the oven,  remove the muffins onto a wire rack, let it cool completely. Enjoy the muffins warm along with  your evening coffee or tea.


Notes
  • I have used my homemade strawberry jam, which already has enough sugar, so i have used only 1/4 cup sugar in this recipe.
  • If you are going to use fresh strawberry puree, kindly use 3/4 cup of sugar for the muffins. 
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Eggless Chocolate Sheet cake with Chocolate cream frosting and Caramel drizzle

Sheet cake, a cake baked in a large rectangular tray and frosted to look very pretty! My original plan was to try a yule log. After i baked the cake, i found the cake too stiff to roll into a log. This is the second time i m trying to make a log and the log is turning into sheet cake. It is now Game on, Me Vs Yule log. I m not going to stop until i get to make a proper yule log, even if my family has to taste 100's of sheet cakes 😏
So, here i m presenting my second attempt on my yule log as a delicious sheet cake covered with finger licking chocolate cream frosting. I baked this yesterday and added a white cream frosting, but kids wanted a chocolate on top and i didnt want to do ganache. So today morning i made a chocolate whipped cream and slathered all over the sheet cake. In the mean time, the cake started losing its lower-half. The two lil monsters at home, used their fingers to dig out small squares from the sheet. Today Morning when i saw the pan, it was like some squirrel has nibbled my cake. I knew i couldn't wait for long, so quickly tried to click few decent shots. The moment they knew, i m done with the photos, they cleared half the tray. The cake has a perfect texture and the cream adds more to it. 
Sheet cakes are such a breeze, when you dont want to do any fancy decorations on your cake. Slap on that frosting, smoothen it and try adding some more accessories like crumbled oreo, chocolate syrup, M&M's , the options are endless.  A perfect bake for parties and get togethers.
Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 can of condensed milk (400 grams tin)
1 cup warm water
3/4 cup oil
1.5 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting
1 & 1/4 cup of whipping cream
5 tbsp icing sugar
2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
100 grams cream cheese

  • Take together whipping cream and cream cheese in a wide bowl, using a electric whisk, whisk until you see soft peaks. Add cocoa powder and icing sugar and continue whipping until you get stiff peaks. Cover and refrigerate until use.

Caramel sauce
8 nos fudgy caramel toffees, i used tiffany caramel fudge chocoaltes
2-3 tbsp milk/cream

  • Take the caramel toffee along with milk/cream in a microwave safe mug, microwave for a minute, remove and whisk it together into a smooth sryup, if the caramel is still lumpy, microwave again for 30 seconds and whisk it smooth. Make the syrup towards the end, as it thickens while resting.

Method

  • Preheat the oven 180C. Prepare a sheet pan with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, add condensed milk, oil and vanilla extract, use a electric whisk and whisk them smooth. 
  • To this liquid add the flour in 3 batches, use a spatula to mix the flour into the wet ingredients. When you add the second batch, the batter would be very thick, add 1/2 cup warm water and mix.
  • Likewise when you add the final batch of flour, add another 1/2 cup of water and mix. Do not mix vigourously, mix in single direction. 
  • Pour the batter in the preared sheet pan. Spread using the spatuala. Smoothen the top, tap twice to release any air. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven, let it sit in the pan for 5 minutes. Then flip it on a wire rack and let it cool completely.
  • Once it cools down, return it to the sheet pan, level the cake by trimming the top, this is totally optional. Drizzle simple syrup all over the cake. Spread the chocolate whipping cream generously, smoothen it, drizzle caramel syrup. Slice into squares and enjoy.

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