Jalapeño poppers with Lamb Kheema


Cream cheese and lamb mince – what’s not to love? Oozing cheese and layered with minced meat, it’s a sure winner! My kids vouch for it and it makes for a great party snack, too.

If you wish to try something new and fun, try our Jalapeño poppers with Lamb Kheema.

Ingredients:

  • Jalapeño – 12
  • Cream cheese – 4 tbsp
  • Cooked Kheema – 1/2 cup
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese – 1/2 cup

To make Lamb Kheema :

Ingredients:

  • Mutton Kheema / minced meat – 1 cup
  • 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
  • Flour – 3 tbsp
  • Water – 2-3 tbsp

Method:

  • 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

To make Jalapeño poppers with Lamb Kheema:

  • Preheat the oven to 350-degree Fahrenheit 
  • Cut the jalapeños into halves 
  • Fill in the first layer with a little cream cheese, then add the second layer with Lamb Kheema  (prepare as above mentioned steps) and top it with shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Serve hot with Ranch or garlic sauce

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


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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.

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.

Yummy Chocolate Cake!


Chocolate cake is simply irresistible!

Didi baked it for her cute kids, just like how Mum used to for all of us 🙂
Here’s the picture courtesy, Jeeju.

Chocolate CakePic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Chocolate Cake
Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Eggs – 4
  • Cocoa Powder – 1/2 cup
  • Butter – 3/4 cup
  • Powdered Sugar – 1 1/4 cup
  • Baking POwder – 1 3/4 tsp
  • All purpose flour / Maida – 1 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/4 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 1/4 cup.
  • Sieve maida, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder thrice so that all are very well mixed.
  • Softened 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 baking tray with butter and dust with Maida so that the cake comes off easily once baked. You can miss this step if you have a greased tray.
  • Preheat at 180-200 degree Celsius till it becomes hot
  • Beat butter and sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy. Make sure to beat in one direction
  • Beat eggs separately one by one with vanilla essence.
  • Add beaten egg to the butter-sugar and mix well. Do not allow the mixture to curdle
  • Mix the sieved flour to the butter-sugar-egg mixture slowly and fold to a dropping consistency. Do not allow to curdle
  • Pour this mixture into the baking tray and bake for 220 degree Celsius for about 20 minutes. Time may vary for each oven.
  • 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 to cool.

Thank You Didi! Just brought back memories when Mum would bake for us.

Chocolate Muffins


Mummy loved baking for her grandchildren. It gave her immense joy. She had baked chocolate muffins for Mehran and Manal, her grandchildren she simply adored 🙂

Do try them this Christmas!

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate – 800 gms
  • Butter – 100 gms
  • Eggs – 4
  • Baking powder – 3 tsps
  • Maida – 1 1/3 cups
  • Sugar – 1 ½ cups
  • Vanilla essence
  • Milk – half cup
  • Soda – ¼ tsp

Method:

Sieve maida, soda and baking powder. Melt chocolate, add essence

Beat the eggs. Mix everything in a bowl. Place the paper cuts on the muffin tray.

Pour the mix into paper cuts and bake at 180 Celsius for 30 minutes.