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.

Sooji Murgh Shorba or Semolina Chicken Soup


Sharing with you a simple, easy and quick recipe of chicken soup which you can relish this winter. This warm, delicious bowl of chicken soup is perfect for your Sunday evening.

Slurp…Slurp!

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Ingredients:

  • Chicken – 9-10 bone pieces
  • Roasted Coarse Sooji/ Semolina – 1/3 Cup
  • Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Thinly sliced Onion – ¼  Cup
  • Thinly sliced Tomato – ¼ Cup
  • Slit Green chilies – 2
  • Coriander leaves/ Cilantro  – ½ Cup
  • Cloves – 2-3
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick cut into 2-3 pieces
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder – ½  tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Water – 4 glasses
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker and add cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.
  • Add onions and saute till translucent.
  • Wash the chicken pieces thoroughly and add them to the onions. Fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry well until the raw smell goes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until they are soft.
  • Now add the roasted sooji/ semolina and fry for about a minute.
  • Add in all the powders, slit green chilies and salt and fry for another minute.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Finely chop some coriander leaves and add them.
  • Close the cooker and cook for about 5-6 whistles.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Slowly remove the chicken pieces into a bowl and shred them.
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the soup. Heat again before you serve it.
  • Sprinkle some coriander and mint leaves and serve hot.

 

Delish 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.

 

Spicy Egg Masala


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Ingredients

  • Eggs – 6 boiled and cut into halves
  • Onion – 1 medium
  • Tomato – 1 medium
  • Green chili – 4
  • Coriander leaves – handful
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Roughly chop the onions and tomatoes, add them to the mixer jar along with all the ingredients from green chilies to garam masala powder and grind to a smooth paste
  • Heat oil in a vessel. Add this masala along with turmeric powder and salt
  • Fry well till the masala is cooked and oil starts to separate
  • Finally add a cup of water and let it cook for sometime
  • Add the boiled eggs cut into halves and cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Serve hot with roti or ghee rice

Yummy Homemade Pav Bhaji


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Ingredients:

  • Potatoes medium sized – 4
  • Carrots finely chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Peas shelled – 1/4 cup
  • Cauliflower florets – 1 cup
  • Onions finely chopped – 2 medium sized
  • Tomatoes – 2 large
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Slit green chilies – 3-4
  • Turmeric  powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala – 1 tsp
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Pav – 6
  • Butter for frying
  • Salt as required

For garnishing:

  • Chaat masala – As required
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 1/4
  • Green chilies finely chopped – 2-3

For Serving:

  • Onions finely chopped – 1 large
  • Lemon cut into pieces – 1 large

Method:

  • Boil , peel and mash the potatoes. Add 1 cup water and pressure cool all the vegetables until tender.
  • Open the pressure cooker and mash all the vegetables gently
  • Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a kadai. Fry onions, ginger garlic paste until they are brown.
  • Grind tomatoes and grind then . Add all the powders, pav bhaji masala and salt and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Then add the boiled and mashed potatoes and vegetables to this masala.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes on a low flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves, green chilies and chaat masala.

For Pav:

  • Melt butter on a griddle, divide the Pav into 2 and fry them by pressing them a little.
  • Serve hot with bhaji, finely chopped onions and some lemon

Gajar halwa


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Ingredients:

  • Carrots – 1 kg
  • Ghee – 8-9 tbsp
  • Milk – 4 cups
  • Khoya grated  – 1 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Almonds – 8
  • Cashews – 8
  • Pistachios – 10
  • Raisins – 15

Method:

  • Peel and grate the carrots
  • Blanch the almonds peel and chop. Chop the cashews and pistachios as well.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add grated carrots. Sauté for about 10 minutes.
  • Add milk and cardamom powder and cook on medium heat till the milk evaporates and carrots are cooked. Add sugar (you can add more sugar if you want depending on your taste) and khoya and cook till the sugar melts, stirring continuously.
  • Again continue to cook until it forms a lump and the ghee starts to separate.
  • In a small pan, add ghee and roast the almonds, pistachios and cashews. In the end, add the raisins and roast for a few more seconds and add it to the halwa.
  • Make sure you don’t burn them. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream or just enjoy the gajar halwa as it is.