Thursday, 1 April 2021

Recipe 123: Dahi Bhalla

For 2021, I prepared this dish as Holi special. And it became everyone's favorite. 

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups urad dal
  2. 1.5 cups yogurt
  3. 1/2 cup tamarind sauce (Get on Amazon)
  4. 1/2 cup green chutney (Get on Amazon)
  5. 2 tbsp. dahi bhalla masala (Get on Amazon)
  6. 2 tbsp. sugar
  7. 1 tsp. whole zeera
  8. 1/8 tsp. hing
  9. salt to taste
  10. oil for deep frying

Method:

Soak urad dal in enough water for 4 hours.
Then grind the dal into a thick gritty paste.
Mix zeera, salt and hing to the dal paste.
Allow the dal mixture to rest for 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile add some sugar in yogurt and chill in the fridge.
Now heat oil for frying.
Into the hot oil, add tablespoon amount of dal batter.
Fry medium size pakoras till golden brown.
Take them out on a platter and allow it to cool for sometime.
Now put the pakoras into a bowl of warm water.
At the time to serving, in a large serving platter, gently squeeze the pakoras to remove any excess water and place them on the platter.
Drizzle the sweetened yogurt on top.
Alternatively, add green chutney and tamarind sauce and yogurt as per your desire.
You can also add boiled and diced potatoes, sprinkle chaat masala, dahi bhalla masala and roasted zeera powder. 



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Monday, 29 March 2021

Recipe 122: Eggless Chocolate Loaf

For chocolate lovers, a basic chocolate cake recipe is a must in their repertoire. And for parents of a kid, these treats should always be at home, to keep them happy!


Made with simple ingredients, I present my Eggless Chocolate Loaf recipe that is quick to assemble and bake.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1 cup + 2 tbsp. castor sugar
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (get on Amazon)
  5. 1/2 cup vegetable oil or unsalted butter
  6. 1 tbsp. baking powder
  7. 1 tbsp. flax seed powder
  8. 1 tsp. coffee powder
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  10. 1/4 tsp. salt

Method:

Preheat oven at 150 degrees celsius.
And prepare a loaf pan with oil and dusting of flour.
Keep aside.
Now in a large mixing bowl, add milk, flax seed powder, sugar, salt, oil, vanilla essence, and coffee powder.
Meanwhile, sift all-purpose flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. 
Now add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture.
Mix the batter to a smooth consistency.
Now pour the batter to the prepared loaf pan.
Bake at 180 degrees celsius hot oven for 30-45 minutes or till a toothpick inserted at the centre comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes and unmold.
Cut into thick slices, dust a little powdered sugar, and serve!


Thursday, 18 March 2021

Recipe 121: Easy Tomato Soup

I have always loved tomato soup over any other variants of soup. Winter comes and the horde for soup packets in my house starts.

As much as I would love to not buy packaged soup powder that awaits just a cup of hot water, I still go ahead with them.

But not anymore!

Recently, I perfected the recipe of a homemade tomato soup and I cannot get over it.

It's so delicious, easy and nutritious, that I am actually making it thrice a week! A number my husband has started to dread - maybe she is getting obsessed with tomatoes.

But truth be told, I cannot get over the sweet, tart and spicy flavor of my Easy Tomato Soup. 

I do not add corn flour as thickener and rather prefer carrot. However, I have prepared this soup without carrots, and it's just as delicious. Also, the tiny bit of mayonnaise in the end, absolutely elevates the soup. It coats your tongue with creaminess that usually is achieved with milk and cream. 

How thick or thin you want your tomato soup, depends on the amount of water you add. We prefer drinking soup right through our coffee mugs. And so, a thinner consistency is preferred. But if you fancy a proper soup bowl, then go ahead with thick soup by adding less water and diluted cornstarch powder added in the end.
But for a simple and fuss free recipe that has no added thickeners and canned tomatoes, scroll below.

Ingredients:

  1. 5-6 medium size fresh tomatoes
  2. 1 small carrot (optional)
  3. 1 inch chopped grated
  4. 4 garlic cloves
  5. 2-3 cloves/laung (get on Amazon)
  6. 2 tbsp. tomato ketchup
  7. 3-4 tsp. sugar (more or less according to your preference)
  8. 2 tsp. black pepper powder
  9. 2 tsp. dried herbs (get on Amazon)
  10. 2 tsp. butter
  11. 1 tsp. red chilly powder
  12. 1 tsp. mayonnaise (get on Amazon)
  13. salt to taste

Method:

Chop tomatoes into large chunks.
In a large pot, melt 1 tsp. butter.
Add all the tomatoes, chopped carrot, garlic, ginger, cloves, red chilly powder, black pepper powder, and salt.
Cover and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
Stir occasionally.
Add 1-2 cups of water, tomato ketchup, and oregano.
Cover and cook on low heat till the tomatoes are completely soft and squishy.
Switch off the heat and allow the soup to cool.
Now strain the entire soup and discard the seeds, tomato skin and spices.
Pour the strained soup in the pot again, add leftover butter, mayonnaise, and sugar.
At this stage, add some water for a thin soup. Or for a thick tomato soup, dilute 1 tsp. cornflour in water and add to the boiling soup. 
Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes and serve.
Serve with fried bread croutons, fresh basil/parsley or just as is with a dollop of butter!




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Saturday, 13 March 2021

Recipe 120: Garlic Oat Bread

After the success of the my Oat Bread, I went on to experiment with a variety of flavors that can be added to the base recipe. 

One of  my favorite is the Garlic Oat Bread which is turned out to be a great sandwich bread. You can either slather it with butter or cheese. Or build up a sandwich of your choice with it. 

Flavorful and nutritious, with no need for yeast, this recipe is a must try!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup oats (Get on Amazon)
  2. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  3. 3/4 cup milk
  4. 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  5. 3 tbsp. fresh basil leaves chopped or 2 tbsp. dry basil leaves (Get on Amazon)
  6. 1 tbsp. grated fresh garlic
  7. 1 tbsp. refined oil or melted butter
  8. 1-2 tbsp. dried pasta/pizza seasoning (Get on Amazon)
  9. 2 tsp. baking powder
  10. 1 tsp. salt
  11. 1 tsp. sugar
  12. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  13. 1 egg

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oats, egg, salt, sugar, yogurt, milk and oil.
Add garlic, 2 tsp. pizza/pasta seasoning, and basil leaves.
Mix well.
Meanwhile, preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
And, grease a baking mold.
Now to the oat mixture, add whole wheat flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Mix well.
Pour the batter to the baking mold.
Flatten the top with a spatula.
Now generously sprinkle pizza/pasta seasoning on the top.
Bake in 180 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or till the bread rises and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Allow the bread to cool for 15-20 minutes and then unmold.
Store in an air-tight container in refrigerator.





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Monday, 1 March 2021

How to Rock Holi This Year

Holi is a fun filled Indian festival.

Colors, water, sweets, music and parties is what Holi is all about.

However, to really rock Holi you definitely need the following stuffs!

1. Herbal Gulal Natural Non Toxic Colors

2. Water Balloons Bunch Quick Fill

3. Holi Theme Party Photo Booth Props

4. Holi Theme T-Shirt

5. Happy Holi Printed Combo Gift Pack 

6. Quirky Cool Design Beer Mug 

7. Thandai Powder

8. Book on Holi for Children

9. Mould Combo Kachori, Samosa, Cutlet, Karanji, Ladoo, Prasad Scoop, Cutter, Modak

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10. Rangoli 

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Have a great Holi !



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