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Ajwain Biscuit

Ajwain biscuit or Omam biscuit as it is popularly called in tamil, is one of the common biscuits in the market. This is also called as Baby teething biscuit.  I love the flavor and the taste of this biscuit. You can feel the aroma of carom seeds everywhere inside the house. and this is very easy to make.

INGREDIENTS

All purpose flour – 125 gm

Margarine – 50 gm

Milk powder – 13 gm

Icing Sugar – 38 gm

Custard powder – 13 gm

Milk – 63 gm

Carom seeds/ Ajwain – 3 gm

  • Weigh all purpose flour, milk powder, custard powder, icing sugar and mix well.
  • Weigh margarine and smoothen it well with spatula. Finally add milk, ajwain to the dry ingredients.
  • Knead it well with the hands to form a dough.
  • Take small amount of dough and shape them as oval sticks.
  • Place the butter paper on the baking tray. Arrange the shaped dough on the tray.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 200 degree celsius for 3 minutes.
  • Bake the biscuits at 140 degree celsius for 20 minutes or until they are baked.
  • Allow it to cool and tore them in an air-tight container.

 

 

 

 

 

Mawa Pecan Bundt Cake

I had unsweetened khoya which I bought to make some North Indian gravies at home. Also I had some pecans at home. Though pecans resemble walnut, they can be differentiated from walnuts. Pecans are dark brown in colour and oblong shaped. I used these two ingredients and tried to make a cake. Since I had my newly bought bundt mould, I used that to make this cake.

INGREDIENTS

All Purpose flour – 1 1/4 cups

Sugar – 1/2 cup+ 3 tbsp

Khoya/ Mawa(unsweetened) – 1 cup

Milk – 1 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 2 tsp

Baking soda – 1/2 tsp

Pecans – 1/2 cup

Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp

  • Bring the khoya|mawa to room temperature.
  • Blend the khoya with milk and butter in a mixie.
  • Sieve the flour with baking soda and baking powder.
  • Add sugar, pecans, cardamom to the khoya milk mixture and blend it well.

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  • Now add the blended mixture with the sifted flour .
  • The cake batter is ready to bake.

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  • Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius for 5 minutes.
  • Grease the bundt cake pan and transfer this cake mixture to the pan and bake it for 40 minutes or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow this to cool and after 10 mins carefully invert the pan and take out the cake.

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  • Cut it into pieces and serve.

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Eggless Carrot Cake

               I wanted to make something unique, healthy and easy that can be made in a jiffy. I had two options – orange cake / carrot cake. Finally I decided to make carrot cake. This recipe is very easy to make and needs very less time. It has wheat flour and carrots as main ingredients.  I made it one evening and Krish was surprised to see this and we both loved this cake.
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INGREDIENTS 
Wheat flour – 1 1/4 cups
Curd – 1 cup
Grated carrot – 3/4 cup
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Oil – 1/4 cup + 2tblsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda (Sodium bi carbonate) – 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
Salt – A pinch
  • Measure wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sieve them in a bowl.
  • Wash, peel and grate the carrot. Keep aside.
  • In another bowl, mix sugar, curd, vanilla essence and oil.
  • Now mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  • Finally add the grated carrot and mix well with the batter.
  • Now the batter is ready to be poured in the cake pan.

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  • Meanwhile pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius for 3 minutes. Linen the cake tray with butter paper.
  • Pour the batter in the cake tray till 3/4th of it.
  • Bake the carrot cake for 30 minutes or until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake, and remove it from the cake tray.
  • Store it in the room temperature for 2 days.

 

 

 

Multigrain Biscuit

Biscuits and cookies are always everyone’s favourite. Multigrain biscuit is an healthier one when compared to other biscuits. Today is my dear parents’ wedding anniversary and I dedicate these heart- shaped biscuits to them. They are my backbone and strength.

Parents are the only persons  in this world who shower unconditional love upon us and whom we can trust completely. When we are sick, they ask us now and then about our health, when we are upset, they listen to us patiently. If there is no call from us, they will become restless. This kind of love and care can be showered only by our parents.  Nobody in this world can take their place. Sometimes, we live in this world, only for them.

I thank my dear amma appa for supporting and encouraging me in every single step I take. You always guide us but never dominate.  I started writing this  blog because of your support and encouragement. We are lucky and blessed to be your children. Nobody in this world can take your place.

Happy happy wedding anniversary from your children – Cheeru, Ranju and Krish…

INGREDIENTS

Wheat flour – 45 gm

Rice flour – 45 gm

Ragi flour – 45 gm

Oats – 45 gm

Cornmeal flour – 45 gm

Margarine – 150 gm

Sugar – 100 gm

Salt – To taste

Milk powder – 15 gm

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Milk – 32 ml

Food colour – 2 drops(if necessary)

Essence – 1 tsp

  • Weigh all the dry and wet ingredients separately.
  • Mix fat and sugar well. Then add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  • Knead them well into a soft dough.
  • Make balls and roll it out like a roti.
  • With the help of a cookie cutter, cut them to a desired shape.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 200 degree celsius for 3 minutes.
  • Arrange the shaped cookies on a baking tray.
  • Bake them at 140 degree celsius for 25-30 minutes.

Eggless Whole wheat banana bread using Applesauce

Baking bread and cakes using multigrain flour and whole wheat is always a healthier option than using plain flour/ All purpose flour.  This is my first experiment with wheat flour. I got to know about the applesauce from my Sister-in-law.

Applesauce takes the place of oil and butter in this banana bread recipe. I am very careful saying this because this isn’t a universal rule in the baking world. It requires testing. Oftentimes when applesauce is subbed for butter, you’re left with a very mediocre baked good.  Some recipes just cannot be made without fat. But banana bread is not one of them. In fact, applesauce is a wonderful, healthier ingredient you can work onto a lot of breads and muffins. Again, some testing is often needed before you land on the perfect combination of ingredients.

I made this and gave it to my uncle’s family. They liked it and said that they haven’t tasted a bread  like this. Yes!!! you can feel the aroma of banana while baking and its taste while eating it. Make this and surprise your family.

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INGREDIENTS

Ripe Bananas – 4

Whole wheat flour – 1.5 cups

Baking soda- 1/2 tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Sugar/Cane sugar –  1/2 cup

Salt-  A pinch

Vanilla essence – 2 drops

Tuti-fruiti/Walnut – few

Applesauce –  made with 3 apples

Applesauce

Apple – 3

Honey – 1 tsp

Lemon juice- A drop

Applesauce

  • Wash and peel the skin of the apples.(I didn’t peel the skin, since it is healthy).
  • Pressure cook the apples or just cook it in an open pan until it is mushy.
  • Mash it well or grind it to a fine paste.  Add honey and lime juice.
  • Apple sauce is ready to use.

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius. Heat both the top and bottom elements.
  • Wash, peel and cut the bananas. Grind them it to a fine paste with sugar. Transfer them to a bowl.
  • Add applesauce, baking powder, baking soda, salt,  vanilla essence and give a quick mix.
  • Now add the sifted wheat flour and mix well without any lumps.
  • Add the tuti-fruti or chopped walnuts into them. Mix well.
  • Grease the bread pan and add the bread batter into it.  usually while baking normal bread, we fill only half of the bread pan. But here you can almost fill the pan.
  • Now bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 deg C for 45 minutes. The timing varies from oven to oven.  Insert a toothpick and check if it comes out clean. This will help you to know if it is baked or not.
  • After baking, cut it into slices and serve with tea or coffee.

Baked Pasta

As usual I was bored with the regular food and was craving for something yummy and delicious.  I thought of making white sauce pasta and later took it to the next step of baking it. Nowadays I love to bake not only cakes and cookies but also other recipes.  This is the first recipe I tried apart from the above. We had it for the dinner.  The melted cheese in between the pasta gave it an unique taste. Also it is very filling. And it is better to have for the lunch. And yes!!! After a long time I am writing a story for my recipe. My husband is asking me evertime why am I not writing a long story for the recipes. So this story is specially for him.. Krish, hope you are happy now!!!

INGREDIENTS

Pasta – 2 cups

Water  – 3 cups

American Corn – 1/2

Red Bell pepper – 2 tbsp

Yellow Bell Pepper – 2 tbsp

Green Bell Pepper – 2 tbsp

Oil  – 1 tsp

Cheese – To Garnish

White Sauce

Butter – 1 tbsp

Plain flour – 2 tbsp

Milk – 2 cups

Oregano – 1 tsp

Chopped Garlic – 1 tsp

Red Chilli – 1 / Chilli Flakes – 1 tsp

Black Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – To taste

Cooking Pasta 

  • Boil the water and add Pasta into it. Add a drop of oil so that they wont stick together.
  • Once the pasta has been cooked, drain the water and keep aside. If you allow the pasta to cook some more time, it will become mushy.

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White Sauce

  • Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add  the garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  • Add the plain flour and cook on a slow flame for a few seconds, while stirring continuously.
  • Add the milk gradually and cook no a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the sauce is thick, while stirring continuously.

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  • Cut the red chilli into small bits so that you can use it as chilli flakes.
  • Add the oregano, chili flakes, cheese, salt and pepper, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.

Pasta in White Sauce

  • Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the sweet corn kernels, Red, Yellow, Green Bell pepper and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes and keep aside.
  • Now add the cooked Pasta and mix it well with the Vegetables.
  • Add half the quantity of white sauce, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  • Keep it aside.

Baking

  • Grease a cake pan.
  • Arrange a layer of cooked white pasta.
  • Now add a layer of prepared white sauce. Spread evenly over the white pasta.
  • Add the grated cheese.
  • Again add a layer of pasta, white sauce and Mozarella cheese. Cover it with the grated cheese.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 200 deg Celsius. And bake it at 150 Deg Celsius until the Mozarella cheese melts an the top layer turns brown.

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  • Serve hot.

Cheese Burst Pizza

Cheese Burst Pizza is offered by Dominos and is demanded by a lot of people. The reason behind this is it has oodles of cheese filled inside the pizza.  I came to know about this pizza through my younger brother. The way he described about this pizza tempted me to taste it once. But we could not make it before my wedding. And after wedding I have asked my husband many times about having this Pizza. But always he smile and denies it diplomatically.  But now I have learnt to make this at home and can make whenever I have a craving for this. For a change, I made this for lunch. And finally my husband too enjoyed it. Now he is also a fan of Pizza..

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INGREDIENTS

Dough

All purpose Flour – 1 1/2 cups

Milk – 1 tbsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp+ 1/8 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Water – 1/2 cup

Dry yeast – 1/2 tsp+1/8 tsp (or)

Wet yeast – 1 tsp+1/4 tsp

Pizza sauce

Oil – 1/2 tbsp

Garlic – 4 flakes (minced)

Onion – 1 small size(finely chopped)

Chilli flakes – 1/2 tsp

Mixed Herbs – 1 tsp

Tomato Puree- 1/2 pkt

Sugar – 1 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp

Toppings

Cheese Burst

Mozarella cheese

Green Bell pepper

Red Bell pepper

Yellow Bell pepper

Corn

Baby corn

Paneer

Olives

Jalepino

Method

Dough

  • Add All purpose flour, oil, salt, milk and mix well.
  • Add the yeast in warm water and mix well. Also add sugar and dissolve it well.
  • Mix the yeast mixture with rest of the ingredients and knead it well into a smooth dough. The dough will be elastic.
  • If the dough is wet, sprinkle some flour and knead it well.
  • Grease a bowl and place the dough in it, cover it with a cloth and place it in a warm place.
  • Allow it to stand for 30 minutes or until the dough doubled in volume. When you punch the dough, you can feel the air releasing.

Pizza Sauce

  • Heat oil in a pan and add minced garlic. Saute it in low flame until  you get the aroma.
  • Now add onion, herbs, chilli flakes, tomato puree, salt and sugar.
  • Saute until it thickens. Turn off the stove and allow it to cool.
  • Allow it to cool.

Method

  • Divide the dough into two equal portions.
  • Dust the working area and roll out both into 1/4 inch thickness and keep aside.
  • Apply the cheese spread either the plain one or the flavoured one. Apply all over the base leaving 1/2 inch on all the sides.

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  • Now  place the second base on top of the first base. Close well on all the sides.
  • The base is ready for topping.
  • Apply pizza sause on the top of the base. Place any vegetables of your choice.
  • Grate the Mozarella cheese all over . Now the pizza is ready to cook.

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  • Apply grease on baking tray or pizza plate. Place the pizza on it.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 200 deg Celsius for 3 minutes.
  • Cook at 175 deg Celsius for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Use top and bottom option in OTG and place in top rack.
  • Now the pizza is ready to serve.

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