Maggi Masala Powder (no onion, no garlic)

Here is some very good discovery for people who love Maggi masala but cannot have it because of the onion and garlic content in it. I personally like Maggi too, so let’s begin. I dedicate to all my Maggi friend lovers who have been missing this out

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Urad Dal (Black Lentil without skin)
  • 1 tbsp. Dhana Jeera Powder
  • ½ tsp. Kasuri Methi (Dried green methi)
  • A Pinch of dried whole Methi
  • 1 tsp. Roasted Cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp. Tumeric powder
  • ½ tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp. Garam Masala
  • 2 dry red chillies

Method

  • Roast the Urad dal and dry red chillies until they are crispy. Add all the other ingredients while the gas is switched off. Mix for a while and grind it to a smooth coarse powder. It is ready.

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Papdi no Lot/ Rice flour chilli donuts

Papdi, a snack that goes hand in hand with all the dishes in a gujarati house. Most of the mommys make them at home. They taste so yum, in the process of making papdi, you might end up eating the steamed batter as it is with oil. I get this recipe from my Mom as well. It is just amazing how awesome they are with such things. So let’s begin;

 Ingredients (Serves 2) make 5 medium sized donuts

  • 1 Cup rice Flour
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. green chilli paste
  • ½ tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. Sagoo (Sabudana)
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. Carom seeds
  • 1 tsp. Soda bicarbonate
  • Served with Peanut oil and pickle masala

 Method

  • In a deep pan, boil water, add sesame seeds, carom seeds, cumin seeds, salt and sabudana, bring it to a boil and then add the chilli paste.
  • Let it boil until the water changes its colour to green, you should be sneezing as the water boils. This is proof that you’re heading in the right direction.
  • Now add the soda bicarbonate, bring at least 3 boils, then add the flour and mix with a wooden spatula. Mix well to avoid lumps.
  • Transfer it in another bowl and cover it. Now wash the deep pan you used and add some water, place a ring and a dotted dish on top of the ring in the pan. Place a cloth on it.
  • Now the batter transferred to the bowl, use some water and with your hands give them a donut shape. Roll it round tap with water and make a hole with your index finger.
  • Place the donuts one by one into the cloth in the deep pan. Once done cover all the donuts with the cloth. Place the lid of the pan and let it steam for 30 – 40 minutes.
  • It is very aromatic, once it cooks. Served with PEANUT OIL and pickle masala.

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White Pista Chocolates

White chocolates taste equally good as the milk and the dark chocolate. Only if you knew how easily they are made at home.

Ingredients

  • 300gms White chocolate compound (I use the dairy land compound)
  • 1 tbsp. corn oil
  • Handful whole Pistas
  • Chocolate silicon trays

Method

  • Use the double boiler, in a pan boil some water, coarsely chop the white compound and place it in a glass bowl and place this bowl inside the pan.
  • You will see the chocolate melting, once it melts add oil and keep mixing until you get a shiny look.
  • Finally use a spoon to pour the mixture into the silicon chocolate tray, place one pista in the shape and cover it up with more chocolate.
  • Freeze for 15mins and they are ready! enjoy

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Eggless Brownie Served with Ice-cream

Chocolate, who on earth would not like chocolate. I never knew how different brownies are from a normal chocolate cake, until I made to discover the taste. If you love chocolate, then brownie is your thing. It is usually served with ice-cream, so let’s begin. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup coarsely cut Dark Chocolate (I use the dairy land dark chocolate bar)
  • ½ Cup Butter + 2 tbsp. corn oil
  • 1 Cup Whole Sugar
  • 1.5Cups home baking
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ Cup Curd (Home Made)
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup crushed walnuts (optional)
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. Soda bicarbonate
  • ¼ tsp. Salt

Method

  • Coarsely cut the dark chocolate, melt the butter in the microwave and mix it with the chocolate, mix until the chocolate melts. You can microwave it for 2 minutes to melt is well until smooth.
  • Now add the sugar and mix well until sugar melts, keep stirring with the spatula, add the curd and mix well.
  • Sieve the home baking flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, soda bicarbonate and salt. Mix well; add ½ cup milk and mix like cut fold method.
  • Finally add the 2tbsp. oil and the batter should be shining. Use a baking paper, to pour the batter in the baking tray, and then bake.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes at 180C

For Garnishing

  • Melted dark chocolate compound and melted white chocolate compound use a spoon to draw the lines and serve with vanilla ice-cream. (melt the compound using a double boiler and add 1 tbsp. corn oil for the shiny look)

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Cheese Dosa with Coconut Chuntney

Dosa is one of my favourites over the weekend, it is a hands-on recipe. Whenever a weekend approaches I always opt to have this batter handy which allows me to enjoy this delicious dish. So let’s start.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

For the batter

  • 4 cups fat rice
  • 1 cup urad dal (black Lentils without skin)
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Chopped green chillies
  • Salt to taste in the batter
  • 2 tbsp. oil for the whole batter
  • 1 tsp. soda bicarbonate for the whole batter

I do have this batter recipe in my blog, but no harm sharing it again.

For the Chutney

  • 1 fresh whole coconut
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 cup fresh coriander
  • ½ tsp. salt

For the temper to add to the chutney

  • 2 Dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp. Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp. Mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • A few Curry Leaves

Method

  • Soak the lentils for 4 hours minimum to overnight maximum, blend with very little water to a smooth thick paste.
  • Let it rest for another 4 hours minimum to overnight maximum, you will see it will have fermented. Remove the much you need and freeze the rest.
  • Add water to it, 1tsp oil, ½ tsp. soda bicarbonate, now heat a non-stick pan and pour the dosa batter, roll out in circular motion, immediately done, sprinkle the much cheese you want, top with some green chillies.
  • Let the cheese melt, the dosa will automatically separate itself from the non-sick pan, roll it out and serve with coconut chutney.

 

Method for the Chutney

  • In a chopper or a food processor, cut coconut into medium sized cubes, add green chillies, coriander, salt and a little water. Using a chopper the coconut shall automatically grate itself.
  • In a pan heat oil, Mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chillies and curry leaves, once they pop up well, add it to the chutney and hurray it is done.

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Ghaari

Indians and the variety of sweet dishes, well today’s sweet dish is one of my favourites and my grandfather is the one who introduced me to it. Initially I thought it was never possible to make it at home, but I truly thank shital, who shared with me her awesome recipe of ghari. Made with simple ingredients and tastes delicious. It is a famous dish of Surat in india. Thanks shitu 
Ingredients

For the stuffing

• 300gms Mawa (Khoya, made from dry evaporated milk, available in dairy shops)
• 1 cup unsalted powdered pista
• 1 cup powdered almond
• 2 tbsp gram flour
• 1 tbsp coarse semolina (Sooji)
• 2 cup powdered sugar (can be adjusted to your taste)
• 1 tsp Cardamon Powder
• 1 tsp kesar
• 3 tbsp ghee (Clarified Butter)
• Oil for deep frying
For the Puri
• 2 cups all purpose
• 2 tbsp. ghee
• Mix both milk and water to knead the dough in equal quantities
For the Outer Cover
• 4tbsp ghee
• 3 tbsp Icing sugar
Method
• In a non-stick pan, heat ghee, and add the grated mawa, roast for 5 to 7 minutes and keep aside in the bowl you will use to mix, now add the gram flour and semolina to the pan, roast it until it changes colour and the aroma spreads. Add the pista and almond powder to it and cook for further 3-5minutes.
• Add sugar to the above mixture and pour it to the mawa bowl, mix well, add the cardamom powder and saffron.
• Make round balls of the stuffing, alternatively you can press them in the measuring cups to get the round perfect shape.
• Roll out small puris and stuff the balls like you make kachoris. Seal the balls and lay them in a tray.
• Deep fry them in hot oil. Now as these are hot, mix 4tbsp ghee and 3 tbsp, pour this on the fried balls(so the sugar paste sticks to the outer cover of the puri) and garnish with grated pista and almonds.

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Dry Chilli Mushroom

Mushrooms! One of my favourite dish, after heaps and heaps of trial and error, I could finally make to this recipe. Whenever I tried they would never turn out crispy, but now finally I know. You guys would definitely think, how does it taste without onion and garlic, but if you trust me you will not even miss those flavours in the below recipe. So let’s start!

If you want to be successful in the first trial, follow the instructions, ginger used in this is diced not paste same with green chillies they are chopped. The secret is 3:2:1 ratio!!!!!

Ingredients (Serves 3)

For the frying batter (Most Important)

  • 3 tbsp. all purpose
  • 2 tbsp. corn flour
  • 1 tbsp. rice flour – (this is the secret to my recipe for making the mushrooms crispier)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Ginger paste(Optional to put in the batter, you can ignore it)
  • Enough water for a semi-thick smooth paste; (this is because the mushrooms release water so it’s important they are well coated with the batter).
  • Oil for deep frying

For the Mushroom Masala

  • 1 pkt. Of Mushrooms, leave them whole if small, if big chop them into 2 halves
  • 1 Large green capsicum diced big cubes
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. tiny diced ginger
  • 5 chopped green chillies (haha you can reduce it to your chilli intake)-the outcome should be like they have been deep fried so sauté them on high flame.
  • 1-2 tsp. soya sauce
  • 1 tsp. tomato sauce
  • 11/2 tsp. Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. corn flour melted in water, should be watery say like 7 tbsp. water
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped Cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. Gravy Browning

Method

  • Mix the above for the batter, heat oil, fry them in hot oil reducing to medium high, until they are golden, remove and place them aside.
  • Now in a non-stick pan heat sesame oil, let it release the aroma, add the tiny diced ginger, followed by the chopped chillies, sauté for a while on high flame, add the green capsicum and sauté until cooked, add salt to the mixture.
  • Once the capsicum is cooked, add tomato sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and the corn flour paste, cook for further 5 to 7 minutes. Once the gravy thickens up, add the fried mushroom and sauté on high flame until the sauce sticks to the mushrooms. Haha
  • Finally garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!

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Eggless Donuts

The day of love is finally here, all the streets are painted red and I have some thing special for you loved ones who have a sweet tooth.

Running out of valentines ideas? Well here are some yummy donuts to make those close to heart. I personally love donuts; just have a look at them, aren’t they temping? So dive right in. I gazed them with white linings but you can also opt to add some sprinkles to add some colour.

Ingredients; (Makes 12pcs Medium Sized)

  • 2 Cups Home Baking
  • 1/4 ts Baking Powder
  • 1/4 ts Vanilla Essence
  • 1/2 tsp. Pinch of Salt
  • 3-4 tbs Melted Butter
  • 21/2 tsp. Yeast
  • 3-4 tbs Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • Oil for Deep Frying

Extra flour for Dusting/Rolling

Method

  • In a bowl warm the milk, add sugar to dissolve, add dry yeast cover it and leave it aside for 10minutes.
  • In another bowl, add flour, salt and baking powder, you can sieve all of this together, add melted butter, vanilla essence and the yeast mixture, mix well.
  • Make the dough sticky, I used a little water, dust kitchen surface and knead the dough until it gives you a smooth texture.
  • Cover the dough for 40minutes, until it is double the size, once it double the size, punch it and knead for further 2 minutes.
  • Make 2-3 portions and roll out thick circle, using a donut cutter or even a bowl, cut them into small circles, use the smallest cutter to get the donut shape.
  • Let them rest for another 30minutes, until they rise, heat oil and fry them on medium flame until golden brown. They are ready enjoy!

Ingredients for the Chocolate Dip

  • 1 Cup Chocolate (Dark Compound, Milk Compound) I use the dairy land brand
  • ½ cup White chocolate Compound
  • Water for double boiling
  • 1 tsp. corn oil

Method

  • In a pan heat water, place the dark and milk chocolate compound in another bowl, which will be kept in the boiling water, once you see the chocolate melt, add oil and mix till you get a smooth shinning look.
  • Do the same for the white compound.
  • Once the donuts cool down dip them in the chocolate dip and let it rest, the white dip should be filled in a polythene bag and make a very small hole at the end, draw lines of it on the donuts and the attractive donuts are ready to eat.

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Happy Valentines Day!

Stuffed Masala Buns

The much bread is unhealthy, i still love it, when i discovered making these spicy buns at home, my joy knew no bound, so here you go, its so so so easy.

Ingredients

For the Buns

  • 2 Mug Glass All purpose/ Home Baking
  • 1tsp salt, sugar and Yeast (melt these together)
  • 21/2 tsp oil
  • Warm water just enough to knead a soft dough
  • ½ tsp. soft butter
  • Sesame seeds to sprinkle

For the stuffing

  • 2 Medium Sized Potatoes peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • 1 Cup fresh green peas
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. ginger chilli paste
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • ½ squeezed fresh lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. garam masala

 

Method

  • Sieve the flour, add the melted yeast mixture, and knead the dough with warm water. Let the texture be soft. Let the dough rest for 30mins until it rises
  • Wash the chopped veggies, drain the water away and place them in a pressure cooker, when one whistle is about to blow switch it off, let the veggies cool down
  • Now add oil and the ginger chilli paste with fresh cilantro, add this temper to the veggies along with the other spices
  • Cut the dough into 9 portions, roll out them a little inorder to stuff the buns, seal the bun with your palm to give it a smooth texture it round and place it in the baking tray, brush with soft butter and sesame seeds. Leave them to rise a little, as you will see in the image below.
  • Bake at 180c for 20 mins

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Roasted Whole Grams

A perfect healthy snack for all times, Indians usually buy these ready-made, but when I discovered how easily they can be made at home, I could not resist to share my happiness. It is very high in protein and a perfect snack if you’re on a low carb diet. So let’s make these super simple grams at home. A secret to this recipe is my mom. She is the one who taught me.

Ingredients (Serves 3)

  • 2 cups of brown grams
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 500 gms. Salt to roast them

Method

  • In a bowl pour the grams, add 1tbsp milk, turmeric powder and 1 tsp. salt, mix well. Now spread them out in a cloth and place them outside to dry. It necessarily does not need the sun to dry, so do not worry, even shade dry can work
  • Once you see the wetness of milk has dried up, in a pan put 500gms salt. Let the salt heat and place handful chana (grams) into it and mix well.
  • Surprise surprise they shall pop out itself and trust me you will be so happy to see them pop. Use a spotted spatula to remove the popped grams out from the salt. Repeat the process for the rest and enjoy!

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