Kadale kalu usli/ black chana sundal

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Black chana is predominantly used during religious ceremonies. It is usually made as a spicy usal or sundal and served during poojas and ceremonies. Ganesh puja, Naga chauti and during Mangal Gowri puja it is prepared. Today is Naga Chauti and thought I will post the recipe of kadale kalu usli  / black chana sundal. It is tasty and can be prepared more often as a snack or accompaniment. (more…)

Roasted paneer slabs/bread roll in steps

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Roasted paneer slabs/ bread roll in steps. Easy to make snack for evenings. Paneer stuffed bread rolls are roasted on a skillet.

Bread rolls are one of the favourite snacks that has been relished by all. The bread is stuffed with a filling that is prepared, rolled , sealed and deep fried. But here, it is shallow fried, thus a guilt free snack. (more…)

Cornflakes Bhel, healthy twist

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Chaats are always welcome at home. They are cherished and enjoyed by both the children. Here is a twist to the usual Bhel Puri. Cornflakes Bhel is a healthy twist to the usual one. It makes a good snack to binge in the evenings. (more…)

Fab milkshake summer special

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It’s been sometime I have put any milkshake recipe here.  My recent creation is this Fab milkshake, a name which I have given to it. It has figs, banana and almonds in it, F is  for fig,  A for almond and B for banana, hence, the name. (more…)

Zebra Cake How to make zebra cake

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zebra cake Zebra Cake  How to make zebra cake zebra cake10December is the month of holidays and celebrations. I love everything about this month, splendid weather, good food and many holidays. It’s been sometime I have put any cake recipe on the blog. On the occasion of Christmas, I present to you a splendid “Zebra Cake“. It is soft, supple and delicious.

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Pear smoothie aka Pear custard

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Pear is a wonderful fruit to use in various dessert. It is juicy and has a divine taste. Pear smoothie is ideal for children who do not like fruits.

We are living in an era where an additional hour would always be welcome. Running between errands and deadlines, we just try to do our work in an easy way. I love easy and fuss free recipes. Elaborate method of cooking is usually for weekends or pre planned dinner.

Serve it along with breakfast  or as an evening after school snack for kids.

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Ingredients :

  • 1 litre milk
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 2 pear

Method:

  • Boil milk. Keep one-fourth cup of milk aside in a bowl.
  • Add sugar. Give a stir.
  • Mix custard powder in milk. Add it to the milk and stir well. Let boil for two minutes.
  • Remove the skin of pear and cut into cubes.
  • Blend to a purée.
  • When the custard is cool mix the purée into it. Chill and serve.
  • Pear Smoothie is ready to serve.
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Pear Smoothie aka Pear Custard

A tasty, healthy and easy to make recipe which is ideal along with breakfast or as mid snacks.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 560 kcal
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 litre milk
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1 tbsp custard powder vanilla flavour
  • 2 pear

Instructions

  1. Boil milk. Remove one- fourth cup milk and keep it aside.

  2. Add sugar and give a stir. Continue to boil for sometime.

  3. Mix custard powder in the milk kept aside.

  4. Put this mixture into the milk and stir. Let boil for sometime.

  5. Turn off the gas and allow to cool.

  6. Peel the skin of pear and cut into chunks.

  7. Make a puree of it.

  8. On cooling, mix with the prepared custard. Serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

  • Peeling of skin is optional. If you are a health freak, use with the skin. It has many anti oxidants.
  • Consistency of custard should neither be too thick or thin.

My other pear recipes can be viewed here

Pear Icecream

 

 



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Nan Katai biscuits

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Since yesterday, I have been on a baking spree, trying my hand at few recipes. My house is smelling so good, baking is therapeutic, I think, I should do it more often. Yes, it’s again time for our blog hop with the theme as”Baking” .  Here is my sincere attempt to make the traditional Indian biscuits, Nan Katai.  Well, I am quiet happy, the taste is good and they will  not last long.

I had read long time back, that the traditional recipe of Nan katai or Nan khatai as many write, makes use of gram flour and semolina also. I tried to incorporate the same here. Thus, along with self raising flour, I have used a little of semolina and gram flour. I threw in a few strands of saffron and the taste on biting, gave a nice fragrance. For reference, I checked it here. Over to the recipe of my version of Nan Katai biscuits.

My other cookie recipe can be found here.

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Nan Katai biscuits
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A traditional Indian biscuit which has stood the test of time.
Servings Prep Time
10 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
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Nan Katai biscuits
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A traditional Indian biscuit which has stood the test of time.
Servings Prep Time
10 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. Take a bowl and add the dry ingredients (except cardamom and saffron strands).
  2. Put butter and mix gently with the spoon.
  3. Mix well until you get perks and the dough is formed. Use a little milk if necessary. lastly add cardamom powder and saffron strands to it.
  4. Keep aside for ten minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven.
  6. Grease the tray with a little oil. You can also use parchment paper.
  7. Make small balls, slightly flatten them before keeping them.
  8. Keep in the oven. My oven needed five to seven minutes. The biscuits get a brownish colour on and the fragrance spreads around.
  9. Once done, keep them in the oven for five minutes.
  10. Later, put on the wire rack.
  11. Nan katai biscuit is ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

The temperature settings are different for each oven.

My oven is Bajaj Majesty 600QT.  It has different knobs for time and temperature settings.

It is essential that the butter is soft. Hence,one hour prior, remove from refrigerator and keep it at room temperature.

If you use salted butter, do not add the extra  pinch of salt.

 

 

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Here are the other recipes of Culinary Hoppers

Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread by Parvathy

Chilli Biscuits by Vani

Ladi Pav Buns by Padma

Simple Cocoa Brownies by Swati

Chocolate Mud Cake with Ganache by Poornima

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Methi Khakra

I love Gujarati food. The snacks that they make are varied and yummy. Khakra, fafda, dhokla and kachori are some of their popular ones. Khakra are made of various kinds. They can be used as a snack or for breakfast.They can be stored for a long time and ideal to carry during travelling.

The affair with khakra started long back at home. Children loved these when they were young and I always had a stack of these in my pantry. Methi , Jeera, Masala, Garlic, so many varieties were available in the bakery.

As we planned to make Gujarati dishes, I thought of trying my hand at Khakra.  Yes, they did turn out good and glad that I ventured into this one. Presenting to you all Gujarati’s popular snack Methi Khakra today.

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methi khakra

Methi Khakra
Recipe Type: Snacks
Cuisine: Gujarati
Author: Jayashree @ evergreendishes
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Crispy and spicy, these snacks can be binged anytime.
Ingredients
  • Wheat flour 1cup
  • gram flour 1tsp
  • kasuri methi 2tsp
  • chilli powder 1/2 tsp
  • amchur powder 1/2 tsp
  • turmeric powder 1/4tsp
  • asafoetida 1/4tsp
  • salt to taste
  • oil 1 tsp +extra
  • water for kneading
Instructions
  1. To make the dough:
  2. Take a bowl and add the wheat flour.
  3. Add all the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Put one teaspon of oil and mix in the flour.
  5. Add little water and knead to a firm dough.
  6. Keep it aside for ten minutes.
  7. To make the khakras:
  8. Take a small ball of the dough and roll it into a thin circle.
  9. Heat a skillet.
  10. Put the rolled disc on the skillet, leave it for a few seconds, until the air pockets are visible, then flip it over.
  11. Apply some oil and press it on the edges with a potato masher. let cook on a low flame.
  12. Flip over and drizzle some oil. Dark spots should be visible and it should turn out crisp.
  13. Remove and keep aside
Notes
You can do various varieties here. Palak paste, garlic paste, chopped coriander, roasted cumin powder and one with punjabi flavours too can be prepared.

 

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dry ingredients

Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them thoroughly. Wheat flour, gram flour, amchur powder, kasuri methi, chilli powder, turmeric powder and asafoetida

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kneading the dough

Add a teaspoon of oil and mix it. Put little water and knead to a dough.

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dough

Dough is ready. The dough should be firm. Keep it aside for ten minutes.

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dough balls

Make small balls of the dough.

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Take a ball and roll it into a thin circle. Khakras should be made as thin as possible.

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roast on a skillet

Heat a skillet, put it on it, when air pockets are seen, flip it over, and then drizzle some oil and press with a potato masher

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press it with a potato masher

Press the edges and flip it once or twice. They need to be crisp, not soft.

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Methi Khakra is ready.

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A few khakras for you ! And do check out my other recipe Puffed Rice Balls aka Gujarati Mamara na Ladoo 

Here are the links to other Gujarati dishes of blog hop girls !

Dal Dhokli by Shubha, Gujarati Summer Thali, Fajeto and Bitter Gourd Curry by Padma, Trevti Dal by Shobana, Muthiya by Parvathy, Khandvi by Poornima, Surti Locho by Piyali, Sukhadi by Vani and Cabbage Muthiya by Anu

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