Braided Chicken Puffs


Weekends are perfect for baking! Why not try our ‘Braided Chicken Puffs’ recipe?

A ‘twist’ on the classic puffs, Braided Chicken Puffs is great to go with your evening snacks.  We dare you to eat just one!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Kheema / ground chicken – 1 cup
  • Pastry sheets – 1 packet
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium-sized
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 small
  • Finely chopped green chilies – 2
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves / cilantro – 2tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as required
  • Melted butter for brushing – 3-4 tbsp

Method:

  • Remove the pastry sheets from the freezer and allow to thaw as per the instructions on the packet.
  • Heat a little oil in a Kadai/ wok. Add the finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until soft.
  • Add the green chilies and all the powders, including salt.
  • Add the kheema and fry for some time.
  • Cook on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the kheema is done.
  • Add the finely chopped coriander leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  • Remove from fire and keep it aside.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Unfold the pastry sheet and lay it flat on a baking tray with parchment paper.  Pastry sheet has 3 folds. Fill with the Kheema mixture in the middle. Leave an inch gap at the top and bottom. Cut the sides of the pastry sheet 1 inch shorter on both sides.
  • Now cut 1 inch sections from the center out. To start braiding, Criss-cross the cuts from the sides over the filling.
  • Apply butter or you can even do an egg wash.
  • Add some sesame seeds on top.
  • Allow it to bake for half an hour. Half way through cooking, brush some more butter on top.
  • Remove from oven and leave aside for 5 mins.
  • Cut them and enjoy these crispy, spicy and braided chicken puffs when it’s hot.

Chocolate Chip Muffins


Summer vacation is here, and my kids want to bake more. I remember we three sisters helping mom bake. Baking and cooking together is fun and a great way to bond. Just feel like I’m living those memories all over again. Try baking this simple recipe and make memories with your kids 🙂

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Ingredients

  • All-purpose Flour/ Maida – 2 1/2 cups
  • Granulated sugar – 1 cup
  • Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Whole milk – 1 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Mini unsweetened chocolate chips – 1 cup

Method

  • Keep all ingredients ready with the above-mentioned measurements before you start baking.
  • Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt thrice so that all are very well combined. Add chocolate chips, mix into the flour mixture and keep aside.
  • Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated, keep them out for about an hour before baking.
  • Line the muffin tray with paper cake cups. If you don’t have them, grease the tray with butter and dust with maida so that the muffins come off easily once baked.
  • Melt butter and allow to cool.
  • Preheat oven at 375-degree Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Add cooled butter into a bowl, to that add in sugar, eggs, and vanilla essence
  • Mix it slowly with a whisk.
  • Now add 1/3rd flour and fold with a spatula. Then add 1/3 milk and fold in again.
  • Follow the same step until all the flour and milk are used up.
  • Pour this mixture into the paper cake cups and bake at 375 F or 190 C for about 20 -25 minutes. Time may vary for each oven.
  • Check if the muffin is baked with a toothpick. The muffin is done if it comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place it on a wire rack and allow to cool.
  • Serve muffins for breakfast or have them as an evening snack.
  • This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Mutton Kheema Puffs


mutton kheema puffs

Ramadan, the holy month is here — A month of blessings and forgiveness.

Here’s Mutton Kheema Puffs recipe to make your Iftar super special and a real treat 🙂 Stay blessed!

Ingredients:

  • Mutton Kheema / minced meat – 1 cup
  • Pastry sheets – 1 packet
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium-sized
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 small
  • Finely chopped green chilies – 2
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves / cilantro – 2tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as required
  • Melted butter for brushing – 3-4 tbsp
  • Flour – 3 tbsp
  • Water – 2-3 tbsp

Method:

  • Remove the pastry sheets from the freezer and allow to thaw as per the instructions on the packet.
  • Heat a little oil in a Kadai/ wok. Add the finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until soft.
  • Add the green chilies and all the powders, including salt.
  • Add the kheema and fry for some time.
  • Cook on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the kheema is done.
  • Add the finely chopped coriander leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  • Remove from fire and keep it aside.
  • Preheat the oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Take 3 tbsp of flour, add a little water, and make a smooth paste.
  • Cut the pastry sheets into squares. (First cut the sheet into strips and then into squares)
  • Apply this paste on all the sides of the squares. Fill in the squares with kheema. Now fold it into half and seal it. The paste applied on all sides will help in sealing.
  • Take a baking tray and apply some melted butter. Place all the puffs on the tray and brush some melted butter on the top.
  • Allow it to bake for half an hour. After 15 minutes, brush some more butter on top.
  • Serve these hot golden-brown puffs with some pudina chutney or tomato ketchup.

Baked Falafel with Multigrain Pita Bread


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Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 small
  • Garlic – 2 large cloves
  • Cumin powder  – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chili  (Optional) – 2
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro- 1/2 cup
  • Parsley – 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – as required
  • Oil

Method:

  • Soak chickpeas overnight in large bowl with water.
  • Finely chop the onions.
  • Drain the chickpeas. Add all the ingredients from onions to salt with about 2-3 tablespoons of chickpea into the mixer and grind into smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Grind the remaining chickpeas into a slightly coarse paste with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Transfer to the same bowl.
  • Mix well. Make small balls and flatten them. Preheat the oven at 375 degeee Fahrenheit.
  • Apply some oil on a baking tray and arrange the falafel.
  • Brush some oil on the top of the falafel. Place the tray in the middle rack. Bake for 15 minutes on each side.
  • Flip the falafels, brush some more oil and bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot with Pita breads.

How to serve falafel with Pita Bread:

  • Cut a pita bread into 2 halves. Apply some hummus inside.
  • Arrange 2-3 falafels, lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes
  • Add some tahini, hummus, or mayonnaise on top and relish 🙂

Fruit Cake Recipe


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Ingredients:

  • Maida/All-Purpose Flour – 2 cups
  • Castor sugar – 1 ¼ Cup
  • Butter – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 5
  • Baking Powder –  2 tsp
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp
  • Dry fruits Mix (Almonds, Cashews, Raisins, Walnuts, Pistachio)s – ½ Cup
  • Tutti Frutti – ½ Cup
  • Milk – ¼ Cup
  • Spice powder – 1 tsp

Method:

  • Keep all ingredients ready with the above mentioned measurements before you start preparing the cake.
  • If you do not have castor sugar, run the sugar in a food processor or mixer for a few seconds to make superfine sugar, (make sure not to powder it) then measure. Here you will need 1 ¼ cup. You can also use 1 ¼ cup of granulated sugar instead of castor sugar.
  • Sieve Maida/All-Purpose Flour, baking powder, Spice powder thrice so that all are thoroughly mixed. Mix in the dry fruits and tutti frutti.
  • Soften the butter before beating. Do not melt.
  • Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated, keep them out for about an hour before baking.
  • Grease the bread tin with butter and dust with Maida/All-Purpose Flour, so that the cake comes off easily once baked. You can also use cooking spray.
  • Place the bread tin on the parchment paper, trace it and cut it out, then place it on the bottom of the bread tin.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy. Make sure to beat in one direction.
  • Separate the egg whites and yolks.
  • Beat the egg whites with a hand-mixer until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Beat well the egg yolks with vanilla essence.
  • Add the beaten egg yolk to the butter-sugar and mix well. Do not allow the mixture to curdle. To this, slowly fold in the beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula.
  • Instead of separating the egg whites and yolks and then beating them, you can add the whole eggs one by one, beating them well each time.
  • Add 1/2 of the sieved flour to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and fold in. Add some milk and fold slowly. Now repeat the same with the remaining flour and milk.
  • Pour this mixture into the bread tin and bake for about 1 ½ hours. Time may vary for each oven.
  • Add cherries and tutti frutti on the top.
  • Check after 1 hour. If it is browning too much, place aluminum foil on the top and cook for the remaining minutes.
  • Check if the cake is baked with a tooth pick. The cake is done if it comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow it to cool.

 

Banana Bread | Simple and Easy Recipe


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Ingredients

  • All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable/ corn / canola/ olive  oil – 1/2 cup
  • Over riped bananas – 2 large
  • Eggs – 2
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 1 1/4 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Walnuts/ pecans chopped – 1/2 cup

Method

  • Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mom would always sieve 3 times.
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degree centigrade or 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Liquidize eggs and sugar along with vanilla essence with the help of a whisk in a large bowl. Eggs should be at room temperature.
  • Add bananas and oil and  mix in the same bowl.
  • Now add half of the dry ingredients and milk and fold in. Now add the other half and fold in again.
  • Add  walnut or pecans and mix slowly.
  • Grease a bread tin with butter and dust with all purpose flour so that the bread comes off easily once baked.
  • Pour the batter into the bread tin.
  • Place in the oven (middle rack) and bake for about 60 to 75 minutes depending on the oven until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  • After about 30 minutes of baking, cover the top of the tin with aluminum foil so that the bread doesn’t brown too much on top.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow to cool before cutting.

Classic Homemade Walnut Brownie


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Sharing with all you foodies Mum’s love for baking! Here’s the classic walnut  brownie recipe 🙂 Loaded with nuts and chocolate, we’re sure you’ll love it.

Ingredients 

  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Butter – 1 cup
  • All purpose flour / Maida – 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder – 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
  • Eggs – 4
  • Chopped Walnuts –  1/2 cup
Method 
  • Keep all ingredients ready with the above mentioned measurements before you start preparing the brownie.
  • Melt butter and allow to cool.
  • Sift all purpose flour and cocoa powder separately to avoid any lumps.
  • Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated keep them out for about an hour before baking.
  • Grease the baking tray with butter and dust with flour so the brownie comes out easily.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius or 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Once the butter is cooled slightly , pour it in a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Break the eggs one by one into the mixing bowl and add vanilla essence.
  • Now slowly start mixing the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence. Do not beat.
  • Add cocoa powder and mix.
  • Now add the flour and fold in slowly into the mixture.
  • Lastly add a little flour to the walnut so they don’t settle to the bottom  and slowly mix in.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased  tray and bake for about 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Baking time may vary depending on the oven.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a cooling rack.
  • Serve the Walnut Brownie with vanilla ice-cream, chocolate sauce and garnish with some chopped walnuts and vanilla wafers.

Walnut Banana Muffin


Mum loved baking; it gave her immense pleasure and joy.
We sisters, loved to see Mum bake. She would hum songs as she mixed in all her ingredients and set up the oven 🙂
Remembering Mum’s Walnut Banana Muffin, Didi tries her hand at it. It looks yummylicious!
Treat yourself to an utterly sweet world!

Walnut Banana Muffin

Walnut Banana Muffin
© Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:
Banana – 2 over riped
Walnut – 1/2 cup
All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups
Butter – 2 over riped
Powdered Sugar – 1 cup
Egg – 1 (room temperature)’
Milk – 1/4 cup
Vanilla Essence – 2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking Soda –  1/2 tsp
Method:
  • Keep all ingredients ready with the above mentioned measurements before you start preparing the cake.
  • If you do not have powered sugar, powder it and then measure. Here you will need 1 cup.
  • Sieve maida, baking powder, baking soda and salt thrice so that all are very well mixed.
  • Use softened butter. Do not melt.
  • Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated keep them out for about an hour before baking.
  • Line the muffin tray with paper cake cups. If you don’t have them, grease the  tray with butter and dust with Maida so that the Muffins  come off easily once baked.
  • Preheat at 375 F or 190 C  till it becomes hot.
  • Mash the bananas and butter together without any lumps. Mash the bananas a little before adding the butter it becomes easier to mash.
  • Beat the egg separately with vanilla essence. Do not overbeat.
  • Stir in sugar, beaten egg and milk.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into wet.
  • Stop when they are just moistened otherwise the muffin will turn out to be hard.
  • Slowly fold in the walnuts.
  • Pour this mixture into the paper cake cups and bake at 375 F or 190 C  for about 20 -25 minutes. Time may vary for each oven.
  • Check if the muffin  is baked with a tooth pick. The muffin  is done if it comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow to cool.
  • Serve muffins for breakfast or have them with your evening tea.
  • You can substitute walnuts for any nuts of your choice or make it just plain.
  • This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Fairy Cake!


Here’s a simple baking recipe that will get you to start baking!

Fairy Cake Image Courtesy: Razia KuvaleFairy Cake Image Courtesy: Razia Kuvale

Fairy Cake
Image Courtesy: Razia Kuvale

Ingredients:

  • Maida – 3/4 cup
  • Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Melted Butter – 4 tbsp
  • Baking powder – 2 tsp
  • Eggs – 2
  • Milk – 4 tbsp

Method:

  • Take all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well
  • Fill in muffin moulds pr paper cups (3/4)
  • Add tutti fruity or dry fruits (optional)
  • Bake at 280 f/ 137 Celsius  for 10-15 minutes

Butter sweet and salt biscuits


Everybody’s favorite, sweet and salt biscuits melts in your mouth and you can’t just get enough of it! Mum would bake biscuits for us and we loved sharing it with our friends.

Try them out 🙂

Sweet and salt biscuit  Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Sweet and salt biscuit
Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Maida/All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Baking powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Cardamom powder – a pinch

Method

  •  Melt the butter and allow it to cool. Sieve the maida, baking powder, rice flour, salt and cardamom powder together to be evenly distributed
  •  Pour this mixture into a bowl and mix well the powdered sugar
  •  Add the melted butter little by little to make a dough. It will be a little crumpled. Do not add more butter, milk or water to make a soft dough.
  • Leave the dough for about 15 – 20 mins covered in a cloth, kept in a closed vessel. This will make it easier to make a small ball and flatten it a bit .
  • You can give the biscuits any shape you like. Arrange them on a biscuit tray
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Bake in the middle rack for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Broil it for a minute. It gives a nice texture on the top. Remove it from oven and store it in air tight containers once it cools.