Falafel

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Falafel

Prep Time : 10 mins

Wait Time: 24 hours

Cooking Time : 20- 30 mins

Serves 3( making 15-18)

Ingredients:

For Falafel: Chickpea -1 cup, Onion – 1 medium(cut in 4-5 pieces), Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup, Parsley – 1/2 cup, garlic – 5/6 pieces(with skin), roasted cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp, roasted coriander seeds -1/2 tsp, salt, lemon juice- 1 tsp, baking soda – 1/2 tsp.

  1. Soak the chickpeas for 24 hours(mandatory). Drain the water and pat dry in kitchen towel.
  2. Grind chickpea, onion, parsley and coriander leaves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, garlic cloves, salt, lemon juice,baking soda to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding.
  3. In a clean bowl, put this paste. Add a tsp of flour if the paste is not thick enough for tikki’s, else avoid it.
  4. In a frying pan, put oil for frying and heat it to medium.
  5. Make small tikki’s or round balls of size of lime, and fry 3-4 pieces at a time. Fry till it turns golden brown. Serve hot with hummus.
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Caramel Custard

Tempting Caramel Custard!!!!

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Prep Time : 10 mins

Baking Time : 30-50 mins

Bake Temp : 350-360 F

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

For Custard: Eggs -2 large, Milk -1 cup, Vanilla essence -1 tsp, Sugar – 2 Tbsp, Sugar for caramelizing -2 Tbsp, 2 Ramekins or any mold(9 oz).

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Take sugar in a pan for caramelizing. Add few drops of water(if trying or the 1st time). Put it in medium heat till sugar dissolves and turns reddish brown. Do not overdo. Divide the caramel in 2 ramekins and set aside to set.
  3. In a clean bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla and sugar till combined. Heat milk to lukewarm and add to the egg mixture, mixing continuously. Pour the mixture in the ramekins.
  4. Place the ramekins in a water bath of 1/2″ and place it in the oven. Depending on the oven type it can take 30-50 min. Check every 2-3 minutes till a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  5. Leave it to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate overnight or for 5-6 hrs. Run a knife to loosed the custard from ramekin. place a plate on it and turn it upside down. Delicious caramel custard is ready to serve.

Brookies

“Do mai jyada maaza hai” it means ” there is more fun in 2 rather than 1″.

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Prep Time : 30 mins

Baking Time : 40-45 mins

Bake Temp : 350 F

Makes 32 bars.

Ingredients:

For Brownie: Warm Water 2 Tbsp(115 degree),  Granulated sugar 1  1/3 cup, Vanilla extract 2 tsp, Eggs 2, Unsalted butter 1/2 cup, Salt 1/4 tsp, All purpose flour 1 cup, Bittersweet chocolate melted 10 oz, Cocoa powder 2 1/2 Tbsp, Espresso powder 1/2 tsp.

For Cookies: Granulated Sugar 1/3 cup, Brown Sugar 1/3 cup, Vanilla extract 1 tsp, Flour 1 cup, Unsalted butter 1/2 cup, Salt 1/2 tsp, Baking Soda 1/2 tsp, Egg 1, Semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spay two 8″*8″ pan with parchment paper.
  2. For Brownie: Add instant espresso powder with warm water. Set aside.
  3. Whisk butter and sugar till fluffy. Then add eggs, vanilla extract and expresso water. Mix till combined.
  4. Add melted chocolate and whisk. Add all the dry ingredients and mix till incorporated.
  5. For Cookies: Whisk butter and sugar till fluffy. Then add eggs, vanilla extract, mix till combined.
  6. Add flour, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. mix until combined.
  7. Put cookie batter in bottom and brownie batter on top (both evenly) or vice a versa.
  8. Put the batter in pan and bake for 40-45 min till toothpick inserted in middle comes out with moist crumbs.
  9. Cool in the pan for 5 min and let it cool completely over rack. Cut it into bars.

Fudgy Brownies

Delicate flaky tasty fudgy Brownies….

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Prep Time : 30 mins

Baking Time : 40-45 mins

Bake Temp : 350 F

Makes 16 bars.

Ingredients:

For Batter: Warm Water 2 Tbsp(115 degree),  Granulated sugar 1 cup, Vanilla extract 2 tsp, Eggs 2, Unsalted butter 5 oz, Salt 1/4 tsp, All purpose flour 2/3 cup, Bittersweet chocolate melted 7oz Cocoa powder 1 Tbsp, Warm water 2 Tbsp, Espresso powder 1tsp.

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spay an 8″*8″ pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add instant espresso powder with warm water. Set aside.
  3. Whisk butter and sugar till fluffy. Then add eggs, vanilla extract and expresso water. Mix till combined.
  4. Add melted chocolate and whisk. Add all the dry ingredients and mix till incorporated.
  5. Put the batter in pan and bake for 40-45 min till toothpick inserted in middle comes out with moist crumbs.
  6. Cool in the pan for 5 min and let it cool completely over rack. Cut it into bars.

Cinnamon Rolls

Annoyingly nice and decadent for the taste buds… Cinnamon Rolls

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Prep Time : 30 mins

Rest Time: 2 hours + 1 hour 30 mins

Cooking Time : 25-30 mins

Bake Temp : 350 F

Makes 14-16 rolls.

Ingredients:

For dough: Warm Water 1/4 cup(115 degree), Dry Active yeast 1 pkt, Whole milk 3/4 cup, Granulated sugar 1/4 cup, Vanilla extract 1/4 tsp, Eggs 1, Unsalted butter 1/4 cup, Salt 1tsp, All purpose flour 4 cup, Melted butter to brush over the top for baking 1/4 cup.

For filling: Brown sugar 3/4 cup, Unsalted Butter 1/3 cup, Granulated sugar 1/4 cup, Ground Cinnamon 1 1/2 Tbsp.

For Glaze: Cream cheese 1/4 cup(room temp), Butter 1 Tbsp, Powdered sugar 1 1/4 cup, Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp, Warm Milk 2-3 Tbsp.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Add yeast to warm water along with sugar(1 tsp), mix and rest for while till it froths(takes 5-10 min).
  3. Mix the yeast mixture to 2 cups of flour along with egg, milk, salt, sugar and melted butter.Mix till incorporated, then add slowly 2 more cups of flour for 7-10 min forming a smooth dough.
  4. .Oil a large bowl and keep the dough covered in a warm place for 2 hrs to rise.
  5. In a small bowl mix the filling ingredient except butter and keep aside.
  6. After the dough doubled in size, punch the dough And roll to a flat bread making a circle. Spread the soft butter and sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly.
  7. Start rolling the dough tightly starting from one of the long ends. cut into 14-18 even slices and place the cut ends down in a 9*13 baking pan.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and put at a warm spot for 1 1/2 hours.
  9. Once risen, brush with butter and bake it at 350 F for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. In the mean while prepare the glaze. Mix all ingredients of glaze except milk, once all are mixed, slowly add milk to get running glaze consistency..
  11. Immediately pour the glaze over the rolls and enjoy it at breakfast or any time of the day.

 

Garlic Naan Swirl

Pleasing to the eyes and delicious to our taste buds, todays special is Garlic Naan with a twist.

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Prep Time : 15 mins

Rest Time: 1 hour 30 mins-2 hours

Cooking Time : 25-30 mins

Bake Temp : 400 F

Makes naans to serve 2-3 people.

Ingredients:

For Naan dough: Warm Water 1/4 cup, Active yeast 1/2 Tbsp, Olive oil/Vegetable oil 1 Tbsp, Salt to taste, All purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cup, water for kneading.

For garlic coating: Crushed Garlic 3 Tbsp, Unsalted Butter 2 Tbsp, Italian herb mix 1 tsp, Salt and pepper to taste.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Add yeast to warm water along with oil and salt, mix and rest for while till it froths.
  3. Mix the yeast mixture to flour along with extra water to form a soft dough. It will take around 8-10 min. The dough is ready when an thumb impression bounces back. Cover and keep it in a warm place to double in volume.
  4. Add crushed garlic to butter at room temperature along with herbs, salt and pepper. Keep it aside.
  5. After about an hour check the dough, if doubled in size, knead the dough And divide it into 2 balls. Roll a ball to a flat bread making a circle.
  6. To the flat bread add generous amount of butter garlic mixture and spread over the complete surface.
  7. Hold it from one side and roll it tightly.Then cut the roll at 1 inch intervals. Flatten or spread a little and place it in a baking tray at 1 inch apart from each other. Cover and Keep it in a warm place for 45 min – 1 hour.
  8. Bake the rolls for 25-30 mins, flipping the rolls in between.
  9. Remove the tray and apply some more garlic butter to rolls. And your delicious Garlic Naan are ready to serve.

I have served these delicious Garlic Naan with chicken korma.

Blue Berry Muffins four ways

What to store something for midnight cravings or easy snacks, here’s an answer to everything. BlueBerry Muffins.

Prep Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 20-25 mins

Bake Temp : 400 F

Makes 12 large sized muffins.

Ingredients:

For muffins: Unsalted Butter/Vegetable Oil 1/3 cup, Sugar 3/4 cup, Salt 1/2 tbsp, 1 big Egg, Vanilla extract 1 Tbsp, Milk 1/3 cup, All purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cup, Baking Soda 2 tbsp, Fresh/Frozen Blueberries 1/4 cup.

For sugar crumb coating: Unsalted Butter/Vegetable Oil 1/4 cup, Sugar 1/2 cup, All purpose flour 1/3 cup, Cinnamon powder 1 and 1/2 tbsp.

For icing: Heavy whipping cream 1 cup, Sugar(white) 3 tbsp, Vanilla extract 1 tbsp, Fresh/Frozen Blueberries 1/2 cup.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Melt the butter in a mixing bowl in an oven or sauce pan. Remove and cool down a bit. Add egg and mix, then vanilla. Add milk and mix well.
  3. Sieve the flour and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add salt and sugar.Mix well.
  4. Start mixing the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. Do not over mix but form a smooth dough/batter.
  5. Add blueberries in the batter.
  6. In a cupcake tray grease or place butter cups. Fill the cups just more than half.
  7. To make sugar crumb: Add all the ingredients with the help of a fork. Sprinkle over the muffins before baking.
  8. Bake the muffins in preheated oven till the top are golden brown. The time may vary between 20-25 mins.
  9. Remove the tray and keep it for cooling. And your delicious Blueberry muffins are ready to serve as it is.
  10. For icing: Put cream in a mixing bowl, start whisking with a balloon whisker. Add sugar and vanilla in between. When you start whipping, large bubbles will form on top. After a minute or two the bubbles will disappear and the cream to start thickening up. the whole process may take 5-6 mins. To know the exact consistency, take the whisk and check if it forms soft peaks. You can use the icing as it is or add blueberry paste(grind the blueberries in a mixer grinder and add to the whipped cream).Put it in a piping bag and design your muffins. Place a blueberry or black grape on top. 

    Awesome Blueberry muffins are ready to eat… Just blueberry muffins or blueberry muffins with icing or blueberry muffins with sugar crumb coat or all three combined… 🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookies

CCC as i call, is a delight to all age groups. May be an party or midnight snack or a perfect company for the evening tea this is very easy to make and taste great to the palate.

Prep Time : 30 min

Cooking Time : 15-20 mins

Bake Temp : 375 F

Makes 15 medium sized cookies.

Ingredients: Butter 1/4 cup or half stick, Sugar 1/2 cup, Salt 1/4 tbsp, 1 big Egg, Vanilla extract 1/4 tbsp, All purpose flour 1 cup, Baking Soda 1/2 tbsp, Chocolate Chips 1/4 cup.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Melt the butter in a mixing bowl in an oven or sauce pan. Remove and cool down a bit.
  3. Add Sugar, salt, egg and vanilla syrup to the melted butter and mix it to smooth.
  4. Sieve the flour and baking soda in a separate bowl.
  5. Start mixing the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Do not over mix but form a dough.
  6. Add chocolate chips.
  7. In a baking tray sprinkle flour or keep a baking sheet. Form small balls of dough, flatten between your palms and place in the tray keeping an inch gap. Wet your hands in water if necessary.
  8. Bake the cookies in preheated oven till the edges are golden brown and the center is soft. The time may vary between 12-18 mins.
  9. Remove the tray and keep it for cooling. And your delicious chocolate chip cookies is ready to serve.

Chicken Tikka Kati Roll

A good healthy Chicken Tikka Kati roll, my take on comfort food. Kids would love to have it and adults just linger for more…Super easy and quick recipe. Easy take away lunch and picnic food.

Prep Time : 15 min

Cooking Time : 15 mins

Makes 4 Kati rolls(serves 2).

Ingredients: Wheat flour 1 cup, Salt 1/4 tbsp

  1. Prepare a smooth dough using wheat flour, salt and water. You can use all purpose or multi grain flour.
  2. Divide the dough in four equal parts and roll it into thin chapattis or flat breads of 8 inch diameters(or to your will).
  3. Take a griddle or flat pan and cook the chapattis till its done.
  4. Break the eggs into a bowl, add salt and mix it properly.
  5. In a flat pan, put few drops of oil and put 1/4th egg mix as an omelette, place a chapatti on it. Turn the chapatti egg few times on both sides till its done. Remove from pan and repeat the process to make four egg rolls. Hint:These can be directly eaten as egg roll with some tomato ketchup.
  6. Put chicken tikka in a single line on the chapatti. Put some sliced onions, squeeze some lemon juice, sprinkle some chat masala and chopped coriander leafs. Roll the chapatti and its ready to serve.P.S: the recipe for Chicken Tikka will be provided in my next blog.

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