Eggless Cake

There times when you want to pamper your loved ones. And sometimes want to really show your love to that one special person. What better way than to bake a heavenly cake which reminds him of you – hot and delicious. So today we will make a special cake for the special person for a special occasion. A sensuous curvy cake with heavenly ingredients like honey, rose water, nutmeg, cardamom and lemon. This is no ordinary bake. It is designed to enchant him and keep asking for more of this sinfully delicious yummy delight and ofcourse, you!

Ingredients
Flour 2 cups
500 gms castor sugar
315 gm cashews chopped
2 tbsp rose water
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp lemon rind grated
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp almond essence
1/2 cup milkmaid (condensed milk)
1/4 cup cream (or Malai)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup milk

Method
Grease a heart shape cake mould (8 inch) with 2 thicknesses of butter paper. Brush it with melted butter.
Melt butter and add castor sugar into it. Beat it until light and creamy.
In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and the above mixture
Stir in cashews, rose water, honey, malai, lemon, spices and almond essence.
Fold the mixture in one direction. Add milk to make a batter.
Put the mixture into cake mould and bake it in a preheated oven 220℃ for 20 minutes until cake is evenly golden brown on top and feels firm to touch.
Pit a skewer into the cake it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Let it cool on wire racks completely before serving.
Tips
Add orange jam or shredded carrots to give the cake a twist.
If not done, bake for a few more minutes.
Decorate it with love shaped strawberries and cream frost entire cake.

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Love Toast

To begin a misty morning with a breakfast that anyone would love to have.I love to have cripsy toast with a cup of coffee.So,I tried love toast. Toast with a twist which my family love to have too.Sometimes it’s a best option for school tiffin too.

When you cook from heart your family really adores it.A chivalrous man would love this voluptuous heart to start the day with lots of love and care.Your kidz would love your twists . As a mother you would surely think of giving them hygenic and nutritious food.So let’s start with a simple toast with a twist.

Ingredients

2 slice sandwich bread (brown bread or multigrain bread are healthier options)

4 tsp mayonnaise

1 tsp butter

2 large eggs

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Finely chopped fresh herbs (parsley or basil)

Heart shaped cookie cutter

Method

  • Spread mayonnaise on both sides of 2 slices of bread
  • Cut the bread with heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Take a 12-inch non-stick skillet, melt butter on a medium flame
  • Add bread. Cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown both sides
  • Add 1 large egg, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce flame. Cook for 5-7 minutes on low flame until whites are set.
  • Sprinkle herbs (parsley or basil)
  • Serve your Love Toast with much delight on a lovie morning

Tips

  • Keep patience till the egg sets otherwise it will ooze out
  • Try out egg omelette by keeping cutter on griddle
  • Vegetarians may use besan instead of eggs.Take besan add chopped onion ,tomatoes,green chillies mix properly and use this mixture in place of egg.Use a love shaped cookie cutter to give a heart shape to your bread then add the besan batter into the heart shape portion wait till it sets.

Fish Fry with Mustard Paste

Fish is one of the staple diets of Odisha. There is a saying in Odisha, ‘Fish tastes good when flavoured in mustard gravy’. I too love it in mustard paste – the one my momma makes with lots of love. Although i am not a die hard fan of fish but I love to have fish fry when it is cooked with Mustard paste. The mustard coating of tastes delicious when it is cooked slowly .

Fish is a rich source of variohs health benefiting minerals. It is good for skin and hair. It gives a refreshing look with a better skin and everyone knows that cod liver oil is rich source of vitamins that we get from fish is best for our brain development.Therefore It is quite healthy to have fish and it is easy to prepare. Here, I am going to write a mouth watering recipe of fish fry.

Preparation Time:

15 mins

Cooking Time:

30 mins

Ingredients:

Fish 1/2kg (Rohu/Catla) big round pieces

Onions( finely chopped)

Tomato 1(chopped)

Coriander chopped

Green chillies chopped

Turmeric Powder 1teaspoon

Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

Cornflour 1 sooon

Salt to taste

Mustard oil

To make Mustard Paste

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Black /yellow Mustard Seeds 6-7 teaspoon

Garlic 10 -15 pieces

Jeera 4 teaspoon

Green chillies 4

Directions:

1.Marinate the fish with salt and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric for about 15 minutes.

2.Peel and chop onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, green chillies. keep aside.

3.Take 5-6 teaspoon mustard seeds, 10-15 garlic flakes, 4 teaspoon of jeera ,4 green chilies , add a little water and grind all together into a smooth paste.

4.Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and a spoon of cornflour to the mustard paste with little water and stir it .

5.Heat mustard oil , coat the marinated fish in mustard paste fry them on one side .

6.Add chopped onions, tomatoes,green chillies and coriander leaves, fry one side and after 5 minutes turn the fish to fry the other side.Fry it in low flame so that it doesn’t get burn.Mustard paste burns quickly so extra care should be taken.Slowly it gets cooked, fry it until it turns light golden both sides .

6.Now its ready to be served with rice.You will really enjoy this fish fry.

Happy Cooking!!

Tips

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1.Use yellow mustard (prefer)seeds,it will taste less bitter.

2.Make a dry coarse paste then add water and grind it to fine smooth paste.

3.Cook on slow flame.

4.Use non-stick tawa.

5.Mustard Oil enhances the taste.If required in between use it so that the fish doesn’t get burnt. Sufficient oil should be added.

6.Turn carefully as fish may break that’s why add cornflour (if require,add more) .Frozen fish may break. Handle them gently, addition of cornflour will prevent them from breaking.

Delicious Pasta

Pasta is our favourite dish among all our bacha party and adults . But what one bothers while serving it is the use of refined flour. While the precooked versions of Pasta at stores are available but one can make it at home which is both yummy and tasty yes healthy too! It avoids all the ills effects of refined flour while retaining the taste!

White Sauce Pasta : without refined flour

White Sauce Pasta is one of my favorite Italian recipes and whenever I feel like eating something rich, creamy and cheesy I go for it. My husband requests for it as he cherish it in breakfast. This white sauce pasta recipe uses whole wheat flour for the sauce. To make it healthy I thought of using wheat flour,and it came out well so I thought to share. I have used some cheese and mayonnaise for the extra cheesy effect in the recipe. You can feel free to skip those two for health reasons. However, I add both when I give this in school tiffin as it stays soft and saucy for long. White Sauce is one of the classic sauce recipes of Italian cuisine and is extremely easy to make. The sauce uses butter,flour and milk in the ratio of 2 tbsp:2 tbsp: 1 cup. I have added extra milk to make it saucy. You can add according to your taste.

With a final touch of some oregano and chilly flakes or mixed italian herbs, you will have a nice white sauce.Now a days you can find these herbs easily in stores. If you use fresh herbs it’s aroma is divine.

Preparation method of White Sauce Pasta

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Pasta Butter: 2 tbspOnions: 2 finely slicedWhole Wheat Flour: 2 tbspMilk: 2 cups + as neededCheese: 1/2 sliceMayonnaise: 1 tbspChilli Flakes + Oregano: as neededSalt: to tasteCornsChopped capsicum

Method:

1. Boil pasta in enough water in a large pan with enough salt. Cook till the pasta becomes tender (not too soft nor too firm). Takes around 10 minutes. Drain, wash with cold water apply little oil ,mix it and and keep aside.

2. For the sauce, heat another pan. Add some butter and once it melts. Add finely sliced onions and saute till they turn translucent.

3. Now add the flour and saute for 2 minutes.

4. When the flour has mixed well, add the milk and mix well so that there are no lumps formed. The whole mass will start becoming saucy and thick. You can add more milk if required according to your taste you can make changes as required.

5. Add corns and chopped capsicum, stir fry.

5. Add the pasta and enough salt for the sauce and mix well.

6. Immediately add the cheese slice and mayonnaise and mix well.

7. Sprinkle chilli flakes and oregano or mixed herbs and serve hot.

Tips

1. Cheese and mayonnaise are optional.

2. The milk quantity can be adjusted according to consistency. If you feel the sauce is very thick, you can add extra milk after adding pasta.

3. The homemade pasta unlike the precooked one’s is quite healthy. Make healthy pasta delightful by adding your own ingredients to relish!

Healthy pasta when it’s made at home it is more soft and nutritious as we can add ingredients according to our choice. You can take wheat flour to make healthy pasta and you can add herbs or anything your kids like and give it a twist so that more flavours can be added.

We have to put the pasta into warm water and boil it for 2 minutes or till it is cooked.

Super soft tender nutritious pasta is ready to cook.

Happy Cooking!!

Dahi Baigan

Dahi Baingan is a typical orissa dish made with brinjal and curd tempered with spices.It is a authentic oriya dish which is very tasty and can be done quickly.It is prepared without onion and garlic.This dish usually prepared During festival season as we won’t prefer onion and garlic during the season.
My husband loves baigan..So in summers usually I pick fresh baigan from my kitchen garden to make this dish..It ‘s delicious and yummy!!Try out …..This delicious recipe…. happy cooking😊

Ingredients

1 – Brinjal or Chinese Eggplant
Curry leaves – a few
mustard, fenugreek, fennel seeds-for tadka
250 g – Curd or yogurt
1 tsp – Sugar
Salt to taste
2 – Green chillies
Dry red chilly
A pinch of hing in tadka
Oil for frying

How to Make Dahi

Baigan (Oriya Dish)


1.Slit brinjals into four halves don’t cut whole and salt on brinjal.

2.Deep fry the brinjal pieces and keep aside.

3.Mix yogurt lightly with sugar, salt and little water and fried brinjals and keep aside

4.Heat one table spoon of oil in a pan and put the tadka mentioned above and splutter

5.Add red chillies and fry them and then add curry leaves.

Add it to yogurt and serve

Veg Momos

There are many varieties of momos you will find at the stalls. The varieties meaning, it has different kind of stuffing like meat ,chicken, vegetables, paneer, tofu etc. Today I am sharing the Veg momos recipe.

Speaking of vegetables, I have used carrot, onion, cabbage and capsicum. You can add mushrooms, baby corn, bean sprouts etc. I have chopped them finely using knife. To get it done quickly, use food processor.

The veg stuffing is mild in taste. So it is best to serve with any spicy dipping sauce on side.

It is very easy to make at home except the shaping part. Shaping them is not hard, but it is little time consuming and shaping them perfectly requires some practice. I have made half moon shape and patli shape. I find the half moon shape and potli shape are quicker and the easiest they get ready in jiffy.

Here I have made the outer layer at home by making the dough. If you want to take shortcut, you can use wonton wrappers or spring roll wrappers (cut into four) available in the market.

Here I have steam cooked the veg momos which is the traditional cooking method. With steaming method, the stuffing stays moist. But you will find like fried, tandoori versions at stalls or restaurants they are yummier if you can avoid the calories intake.

How to make Veg Momos Recipe (Step by Step Photos):


1) To make the stuffing, heat the oil in a pan on medium heat-high heat. Once hot add ginger and garlic.

2) Saute for 30 seconds. Make sure not to burn them.

3) Now add chopped veggies (onion, cabbage, carrot, capsicum).

4) Mix and continue cooking with stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes.

5) Veggies will start to soften.

6) Now add salt and pepper.

7) Again mix and cook for 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the vegetables, we do not want them mushy.

8) Now add spring onion greens and mix.

9) Also add soy sauce

10) Stir well to combine and turn off the stove. Let the mixture cool down.

11) Meantime knead the dough for outer covering. Mix all purpose flour and salt in a bowl.

12) Add little water at a time and knead into smooth yet firm dough. Cover it and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

13) Now divide the dough into 20 equal portions and make smooth balls. Take one ball and roll into 4 inch diameter circle. Keep the edges thinner compared to center.

14) Put about a tablespoon of stuffing in the center.

15) To shape the momos, Now lift the one side of edge and start pleating and joining them together as shown in the photo.

16) Then join all of them in the center and seal it. There you have a Potli shaped momo ready.

17) For another shape (half moon pleated shape potstickers), Roll one ball to 4 inch diameter circle, put stuffing in the center. For the this shape, we will keep half edge of the circle as such and rest half circle is pleated and joined to first half.

18) As you can see, keep pleating as near as possible and keep joining on other side of the circle.

19) Here it is ready.

20) Similarly shape all of them. If you do not want to spend time in shaping, you can just make half moon shape like gujiya and then combine both edges together. It looks something similar to wontons.

21) Now to steam cook them, add glassful of water in a steamer pan and bring it to a simmer on medium heat. Grease the steamer tray with oil and arrange the shaped momos on it.

22) Steam them for 6-8 minutes. How to check: once cooked, it becomes transparent, shiny and by touch it won’t feel sticky. DO NOT OVERCOOK them otherwise it becomes chewy.

Serve them hot or warm.

Momos Recipe (Veg Momos Recipe), How to make momos step by step

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

For veg momos stuffing:

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger finely chopped
  • ½ cup Onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup Cabbage finely chopped
  • ½ cup Capsicum (Green bell pepper) finely chopped
  • ½ cup Carrot finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • ¼ cup Spring onion (green part only finely chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Soya sauce

For outer cover:

  • 1 cup All purpose flour (Maida)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

Instructions

Making stuffing:

  1. Heat the oil on medium-high heat and fry ginger, garlic for few seconds.
  2. Then stir fry chopped vegetables with stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Now add salt and pepper, stir fry again for 2 minutes
  4. Then mix in spring onion greens and soy sauce and turn off the stove.
  5. Let the stuffing cool down.

Shaping and steam cooking Veg momos

To make outer covering dough, mix all purpose flour and salt in a bowl, knead into a smooth yet stiff dough by adding little water at a time.

1.

Cover the dough and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

2.

Then divide the dough into 20 equal portions and make smooth balls.

3.

Work with one ball at a time and roll into 4 inch diameter circle.

4.

Put a tablespoon of stuffing in the center and shape the momos as shown in step by step photos above.

5.

One shaped all of them. Prepare the steamer by adding a glassful of water in a steamer pan and bring it to a simmer on medium heat

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6.

Grease the steamer tray with oil and arrange shaped momos on it.

7.

Steam cook them for 6-8 minutes or till the outer layer looks shiny, transparent and by touch it doesn’t feel sticky.

8.

Remove from the steamer and serve hot or warm.

Chicken Pakoda

Chicken Pakora is a simple recipe where it is mixed with some spices and flour and deep fried in oil, which are perfect to enjoy in a bachelor party or a gathering with friends or kitty parties or during evenings…

Let us check out on making this recipe below…

Chicken Pakora Recipe

A tea time snacks recipe made with deep frying boneless chicken…

Ingredients

500 gms boneless chicken pieces washed
one egg 2 , 1 /2 cup vinegar,salt
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste,a bit red orange food colour
Black pepper powder
Maida 4 cups
Cornflour 4 tbsp
oil for deep frying

Instructions

Firstly, take a bowl, into it add boneless chicken pieces marinate it with vinegar,salt,peeper powder,ginger garlic paste ,black pepper and food colour
.Mix all the ingredients well.marinate atleast for 30 minutes .
Take another bowl add maida into it, add corn flour and mix it well.a pinch of food colour .Mix the whole mixture well, Add oil in a wok and heat it.Add the chicken pieces (after coating it in mixture) into the oil and deep fry them until they turn golden red on medium flame for 12 minutes.Stir the chicken pieces up and down while frying.Remove the fried chicken pieces from oil.Place a tissue paper on a plate and serve the chicken pieces on them.Serve them hot with a hot cup of tea!!!

Bajra or Jowar Pancakes

I have made a healthy breakfast with pancakes n banana shake….Here I go…
BAJRA/JOWAR PANCAKES
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Ingredients
,.1/2 cup bajra flour
• 1/2 cup white millet (jowar) flour
• 1/2 cup besan

1/2cup rice flour
• 2 tbsp finely chopped onions
• 1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
• Salt to taste
• 1 tbsp fresh yoghurt
• 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
• Oil for greasing and cooking
• Green chutney and yoghurt to serve

Method
• Combine all the ingredients along with approximately 5 or 7 tbsp of water in a deep bowl and mix well to make a batter of pouring consistency.
• Grease a non-stick mini uttapam pan with a little oil.
• Pour 2 laddle of the batter in tawa and spread it gently in a circular motion to make it round.make a round uttapam/pancake.
• Cook using a little oil, till it turns brown on both sides.
• Serve immediately with green chutney/sauce..
Happy cooking ☺IMG_20180517_085453_1526565594833.jpg