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.

Strawberry Shake


It’s summertime in the US. Shakes are a perfect way to beat the heat! And what better than a chilled strawberry shake 😊, which my kids simply love. With fresh strawberries, scoops of strawberry ice cream, and a whole lot of love, it’s easy peasy and a classic treat!

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Ingredients

  • Strawberry ice cream – 4 scoops
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Fresh strawberries – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp (optional)

Method

  • Blend the fresh strawberries and strawberry ice cream along with milk in a blender. You can add sugar if desired according to your taste. Make sure you use half the ingredients first. Blend it to make a smooth shake. Then use the other half of the ingredients and do the same.
  • Pour into glasses.
  • Serve immediately with ice cubes if desired.

Shrimp/Prawn Tikka


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Are you planning a barbecue party? Try this succulent, spicy, and delicious shrimp/prawn tikkas 🙂
Impossible to resist and super indulgent, they will melt in your mouth.

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp/ prawns – 35-40 pieces
  • Bell pepper (green red yellow) – 1 each small size
  • Onions – 1 small
  • Skewers – 7-8
  • Oil

Marinade:

  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 2-3 tbsp
  • Hung curd – 2 tbsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp

Method:

  • Wash the shrimp thoroughly with water. Transfer it to a colander to drain all the water out.
  • You can use bell peppers and onions and cut into cubes. This is totally your choice. I haven’t used any today 🙂
  • Mix all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl and make a smooth paste.
  • Apply the marinade on the shrimp and (veggies if any)
  • Arrange the shrimp on a skewer (along with bell peppers and onions). Remember to soak the bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes to prevent the skewer from getting Burnt.
  • Preheat the grill at 450-degree Fahrenheit.
  • Brush oil on the shrimp and on the grilling plate to prevent the shrimp from sticking to it. You can also use a pan instead of a grill.
  • Grill the shrimp for 5 minutes on each side. Make sure the grill is really hot. This also prevents the shrimp from sticking to the grill.
  • Serve hot with mint chutney. Serve it as a starter at lunch or dinner or make shrimp/prawn tikka at a barbecue party.

Whole Wheat Chicken Kheema Samosa


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Mummy would make samosas from scratch with some mouth-watering fillings. Chicken kheema is one of them. (Also, check Mutton kheema recipe).
Happiness is samosa 😊 Everyone’s favorite indulgence; samosas are a great snack that can instantly chase away the blues. Here’s the recipe. Do try it out!

Ingredients:

Chicken Kheema Stuffing:

  • Chicken Kheema / Ground chicken – 250 gms
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium sized
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 small
  • Finely chopped green chillies – 2
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves – 2tbsp
  • Finely chopped dill leaves – 1 cup
  • Thinly sliced onion – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds crushed – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds crushed -1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Dough:

  • Maida / All-purpose flour – 2cups
  • Salt and water as required

Method:

Chicken Kheema Stuffing:

  • Heat a little oil in a Kadai. Add finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes
  • Add tomatoes and cook until soft
  • Add green chillies, all the powders, crushed coriander and cumin seeds and salt
  • Add the dill leaves and fry for 2 mins. Adding dill leaves gives a unique taste to your samosas
  • Now add the kheema and fry for some time
  • Cook on medium flame, stirring occasionally until the kheema is done
  • Add coriander leaves and fry for a few seconds
  • Remove from fire and keep it aside
  • You can add potatoes, peas or fenugreek leaves to the kheema as well if you like

Dough:

  • Add the flour and salt in a bowl
  • Mix water needed to make a stiff dough
  • Grease your hands with a little oil and knead the dough
  • Keep covered aside for 15 mins.

How to make the samosas:

  • Make small even sized balls from the dough
  • Roll it with a rolling pin into a thin circle
  • Cut the circle into 2 halves
  • Make a paste with 1 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp water. Apply it on all the sides
  • Bring both the ends of the semi-circle to form a cone
  • Hold the cone upside down and fill it. Then seal it completely
  • Continue the same with the remaining dough
  • Refrigerate for half an hour. This makes the samosas crispy
  • Heat oil in a Kadai for deep fry. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the samosas until they turn slightly golden brown on medium heat
  • Serve the hot crispy samosas with pudina chutney

Fruit chaat recipe


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Ingredients

  • Mango diced – 1 cup
  • Pineapple diced – 1 cup
  • Strawberries cut into halves- 1 cup
  • Watermelon diced – 1 cup
  • Pomegranate – 1 cup
  • Blue Berries – 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves/ Cilantro finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • Pudina /Mint leaves – 9-10
  • Lime juice – 2-3 tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chaat masala – 1 tsp
  • Black salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt as required

Method

  • Combine all fruits in a bowl. You can cut any fruits of your choice
  • Add red chili powder, cumin powder, black pepper powder, chaat masala, black salt and salt as required.
  • Squeeze about 2-3 tbsp if lime to add the tangy flavor.
  • Combine all ingredients well and garnish with coriander and mint leaves
  • Serve immediately and enjoy this summer treat 😊

Lamb Tacos


Cinco De Mayo Or the 5th of May is a holiday to celebrate the victory of the Mexican’s Army over with the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexicans celebrate this day with their traditional and authentic recipes.

I love Mexican food and trying new recipes just like mom. Here’s a recipe of my version of Lamb Tacos.

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Ingredients

  • Hard Taco Shells – 8
  • Minced Lamb / Kheema – 500 gms
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium sized
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 large
  • Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Taco seasoning – 3 -4 tbsp
  • Taco Sauce – 1 cup
  • Lettuce chopped – 2 cups
  • Cherry tomatoes – 12 -15
  • Grated cheddar /mozzarella cheese – 1 cup
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai / wok
  • Add finely chopped onions and fry till slightly brown
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and fry until golden brown
  • Now, add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook till soft
  • Add the kheema and fry well for 2 minutes
  • Add the taco seasoning about 3-4 tbsp and salt as required
  • Cook on medium flame until kheema is done
  • Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven at 350 degree Fahrenheit. Place the tacos on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes. This is done just to heat the tacos.

To assemble

  • Add some kheema/ minced lamb mixture to the taco
  • Add some taco sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and gated cheese. I also like to add some Mayo.
  • You can also add an array of toppings like avocado, sour cream, mustard sauce, jalapeño, guacamole, cilantro, olives and list goes on.

My son loves topping his tacos with salsa 🙂

Do try it out!

Chicken Pakora Recipe


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Iftar calls for some crispy, crunchy, delicious fried snacks. And what better than chicken pakora! Here’s how you can make these yummy chicken pakoras.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless chicken – 350 gms
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 3/4 tsp
  • Besan/Gram flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Wash the chicken thoroughly and cut into long thin strips.
  • Marinate with ginger-garlic paste and some salt. Refrigerate for half an hour.
  • Take 1 cup besan and sift over a bowl to remove any lumps.
  • Add rice flour, all the powders, and salt (remember not to add too much salt, as you have already added some in the chicken) into the same bowl and mix.
  • Now add water little by little using a whisk to make a smooth batter. Make sure the batter is of medium consistency, not too thick or thin.
  • Heat oil in a kadai / wok.
  • Once the oil is hot, dip in the chicken strips into the batter and deep fry until golden brown on medium heat.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve hot with spicy green chutney, or children will just love these with 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 🙂

Garlic Button Mushrooms


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Ingredients:
• Button Mushrooms – 500 grams
• Finely chopped Onions – ½ Cup
• Finely chopped Garlic – 9-1- large cloves
• Olive Oil – 3-4 tbsp
• Extra Virgin Chili Pepper Olive Oil – 1-2 tbsp (optional)
• Fresh Thyme – 1 tbsp
• Finely chopped Parsley – few springs
• Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
• Salt as required
Method:
• Wash the mushrooms thoroughly, strain the water and immediately pat dry. This helps the mushroom from blackening. I like to remove the stems completely. You can just trim them.
• Heat 3-4 tbsp of olive oil in a pan.
• Add finely chopped onions and saute for a minute.
• Add the finely chopped garlic and saute for another minute.
• Now add the mushrooms and fry well until they are lightly roasted.
• Once they are lightly roasted, add salt and black pepper powder.
• Continue to cook them until they are done on low flame for about 10 minutes uncovered.
• About 5 minutes into cooking, add the fresh thyme and finely chopped parsley. You can add more and any herbs you like.
• Lastly, add in extra virgin chili pepper olive oil depending on your spice level and mix.
• Serve hot with some Alfredo pasta and a piece of chicken or with some rice and fish or any other combinations you may like.

All time favorite: Curd rice


One of our favorites is curd rice 🙂 Some days, Mum would make Bisi Bele Bath and Curd rice with potato chips for lunch. That would leave us drooling!

Here’s how you can add some flavor to the humble curd rice.

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Ingredients:

  • Cooked rice – 2 bowls
  • Curd / Yogurt – 1 ½ cups
  • Whole Milk – 1/3 cup
  • Cucumber – ¼ cup
  • Grated carrot – ¼ cup
  • Finely chopped cilantro – 2 tbsp
  • Pomegranate seeds – ¼ cup
  • Ginger – ½ inch
  • Rai / Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal/Black Gram dal – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chili – 2
  • Curry leave – 9-10
  • Oil –  1 tbsp
  • Salt a required

Method:

  • Take 1 ½ cups of yogurt in a bowl, add salt to taste and whisk to make it smooth. I like my yogurt to be smooth J
  • Take a large bowl, add the cooked rice, yogurt, milk, cucumber, grated carrot, cilantro, pomegranate seeds (serve some for garnish) and mix everything well.
  • Finely chop the ½ piece ginger and keep it aside.

To Temper:

  • Heat oil in a small pan. Add Mustard seeds.
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the black gram dal, broken red chilies, finely chopped ginger, curry leaves and fry well (make sure not to burn them).
  • Add it to the rice and mix well. Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
  • Serve with papad and any pickle of your choice.