June 10, 2019

Basundi


Basundi is a traditional Indian sweet prepared by boiling milk on low heat until its thickened and reduced to half.  The flavour comes from saffron thread and cardamom powder.  It is served on it's own or with puri.  This dessert can be served hot, warm or chilled.   


Ingredients :
  1. Whole milk - 2 litres
  2. Saffron strands
  3. Sugar, to taste ( Around 3 tbsp)
  4. Nuts (almonds) - 1 tbsp, sliced
  5. Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Method :



1.  In a heavy bottomed pan, add milk and boil by stirring it occasionally.

2.  Reduce the flame to low and cook for 45 mins or till it begins to thicken and reduces by half.  Keep stirring and scraping the sides of the pan during this process.  Scraping is what gives basundi thick and creamy texture.  

3.  Once the milk is thickened, add nuts, saffron threads & cardamom powder and cook for another few mins.

Serve hot, warm or cold. 

May 17, 2019

Fried Bread rolls - Perfect crispy snack !!!


Fried bread rolls is a perfect evening snack for kids.  Very delicious with potato stuffing & crispy outside.  We can substitute potato with capsicum, paneer or any vegetables of our choice.  This will surely satisfy the taste buds. 


Ingredients :
  1. White /Wheat bread - 4 slices
  2. Potato - 1 large sized
  3. Oil
  4. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Onion, finely chopped - 1 large sized
  6. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  7. Fresh / frozen green peas - 1 tbsp
  8. Fresh / Frozen corn kernels - 1 tbsp
  9. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  10. Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  11. Garam masala - 1 tsp
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Dry mango powder - 1/2 tsp
  14. Coriander leaves

Method :

1.  Boil and smash the potato.  Keep aside.

2.  Heat oil in the pan, add cumin seeds and finely chopped onions.  Saute till tender.

3.  Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt to taste. 

4.  Add green peas, corn kernels, chilly powder, cumin powder and garam masala.  Cook for few mins.


5.  Add smashed potato, dry mango powder and cook for 2 more mins.

6.  Ganish it with coriander leaves.  Stuffing is ready.

7.  Remove the side brown crust and roll the bread slices.

8.  Stuff the bread slices with the potato masala and roll the bread.  Seal the edges using water.

9.  Heat oil in the deep frying pan and fry the rolled bread till crispy on all sides.



Serve warm.

March 26, 2019

Chocolate Banana Cake


Soft, fluffy & flavourful cake.  This needs very few ingredients & less preparation time.  Best way to make use of ripe bananas.  Make it more delicious by frosting the cake with chocolate ganache.  


Ingredients :

  1. All purpose flour - 1 3/4 cups (230 gms)
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder - 3/4 cup (75 gms)
  3. Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  4. Baking soda - 1 1/2 tsp
  5. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  6. Granulated sugar - 1 3/4 cups (340 gms)
  7. Eggs - 2 nos
  8. Ripe bananas - 1 cup
  9. Milk - 1/2 cup
  10. Oil (Vegetable or sunflower ) - 1/2 cup
  11. Water - 1 cup
  12. Instant coffee granules - 1 tbsp
  13. Vanilla extract - 1 1/2 tsp

  
Method :

1.  Grease & line up the baking pan with parchment paper.  Preheat the oven at 180 C.

2.  Sieve together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt & sugar.

3.  Mash the bananas & add 2 eggs.  Whisk together without any lumps.  


4.  Add milk, oil, water, vanilla extract, coffee granuales & water in the banana mixture.   Wet ingredients are ready.

5.  Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and pour the batter into prepared pan.

6.  Bake it for 35 mins or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Enjoy the soft & fluffy cake.
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