Casatiello/ Stuffed Savoury Bread



Casatiello or stuffed savoury bread. A delicious and soft bread stuffed with butter fried mushrooms. Casatiello is a famous Italian Easter bread usually topped with eggs and stuffud with meat and cheese. But I made it without eggs and meat. An absolutely delicious Easter bread for vegetarian people. Serve it warm or room temperature and enjoy the heavenly taste. And it will be finished so fast so get ready to make it again as I did.

Casatiello is ring-shaped stuffed bread topped with eggs which has been an iconic Easter treat for more than 400 years. The ring-shape is symbolic of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during the crucifixion and the eggs represent Jesus’s rebirth. It is the perfect dish to pack for the tradition of picnicking on Easter Monday (Pasquetta). The dough is usually made on Good Friday, left to rise overnight and baked the next morning. Source

I have followed my Whole wheat milk bread recipe with some changes.

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Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This month Easter bread theme suggested by Renu Agrawal Dongre who blog at Cook With Renu. Renu has a vast collection of baked recipes along with different varieties of savoury and sweet recipes. List is too long but I have to try her Easter bunny buns first. Renu shared Paska Easter bread and muffins recipe for this theme.

This month my partner is Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. She is also a wonderful baker and her blog is a treasure of traditional Gujarati recipes with numerous mouthwatering continental recipes. I always love her baking skill and her vast collection of baked dishes. I have bookmarked her Brazilian carrot cake to try soon. Mayuri gave me rosemary and mushroom and I used both of these ingredients in stuffing of this delectable bread. And I gave Mayuri Milk and orange zest. Check out the delicious German Easter bread recipe on her space with these ingredients.


When I make this ring shaped stuffed bread, I have only four mushrooms. But while making second time on my kids demand used 200 gram mushrooms.

And made the bread in loaf pan. Both are equally delicious but ring shaped is looking more attractive. Sharing both methods here.

As I said I have followed my Whole wheat milk bread recipe with some changes. Used all purpose flour or maida instead of whole wheat flour. I love the texture of milk bread. Milk bread are more soft than the bread kneaded with water. So used warm milk for kneading the dough. You have to knead the dough really well. Adopted the method from here. I have cheddar cheese powder so used it but you can skip it if you don’t have. Or for more cheesy taste you can also add cheese powder in the dough. Mix cheese powder with flour before kneading.


Recipe

All purpose flour or maida – 3 cup +for dusting

Yeast – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1&3/4 teaspoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon + for greasing

Warm milk – 1&1/4 cup

Stuffing

Mushroom – 4, finely chopped

Butter – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Dried rosemary – 1/2 teaspoon

Pizza sauce – 2 tablespoon or as required

Cheddar cheese powder – 3 – 4 tablespoon, optional

Diced or grated cheese – 1/4 cup


Method

1. Heat butter and oil in a pan. Add mushrooms, garlic powder, oregano and rosemary. Saute till mushrooms completely dried up and changed it’s colour. Remove from heat and let it cool down. I have only 4 mushrooms so I used it. You can use more mushroom. Sharing the second method below this recipe.


2. You can use minced garlic instead of garlic powder. Fry the minced garlic before adding mushrooms and other ingredients in the oil. For more stuffing options see notes.

3. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup warm milk, yeast and sugar. Stir well.  Cover and keep in a warm place for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it will becomes foamy. Milk should be warm not hot.

4. In a large bowl mix flour, salt, olive oil, vinegar and milk powder. Mix well. Make a hole in the middle and pour the yeast mixture. Add 1 cup warm milk and mix well. Knead the dough well. You can use your food processor for easy kneading. This time I used dough hook of my hand mixer. If you are using kneading machine knead the dough for 5-6 minutes. Or to knead with hand, sprinkle little flour on your cleaned kitchen counter and place the dough on it. Knead the dough for 9-10 minutes. Knead the dough by pressing with your palm and heel of your palm by pushing and stretching. Now after kneading well make a ball with the dough.

5. Grease a bowl generously. Smear the dough with oil and place in the greased bowl. Cover with kitchen napkin and keep in a warm place for an hour or till the dough becomes double. Timing depends on the temperature of your place. Its summer time here so 1 hour is sufficient. I kept the dough in my oven.


6. After 1 hour punch down the dough and knead again. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or your oil greased palm. Roll or press the dough into flat and rectangular. Spread pizza sauce all over it. Sprinkle cheddar cheese powder over the sauce. Spread mushroom and grated or diced cheese. I used Amul diced mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend.

7. Now start rolling it from the longest side. After rolling place it in the greased bundt pan. Pinch the seam well. Cover the pan with a kitchen napkin and place in a warm place for 30 minutes or until it becomes double.


8. Preheat the oven at 190°. Bake for 40- 45 minutes. I have used my Samsung microwave. For microwave set hot blast function at 170° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat.

9. After preheating bake the bread for 25-30 minutes. Or until bread becomes golden brown. My bread was perfectly baked in 24 minutes. Take out the bread from oven and brush with melted butter. Invert the bread on a cooling rack or plate.

9. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

Second method with more stuffing

1. For staffing Follow the above recipe but use 200 gram finely chopped mushroom, 1&1/2 tablespoon butter, 1&1/2 teaspoon Oregano, 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary and 2 teaspoon Garlic powder. Add garlic powder more or less as you like. Make the stuffing as above recipe.

2. Process of making dough is same as above recipe. After first proofing roll the dough into flat and rectangular. Spread pizza sauce, cheddar cheese powder, butter fried mushrooms and then grated or diced cheese.

3. Now start rolling from shorter side. Pinch the seam well. Roll as this Herbed milk bread recipe .

4. Place in a oil greased loaf pan and cover with kitchen napkin. Place in a warm place for 30 minutes or until it becomes double. Bake the bread as above. Slice and enjoy.

Notes

1. You can add chopped hard boiled eggs in the stuffing.

2. Any stuffing can be used in this bread like minced meat, paneer or cottage cheese, eggs, sweet corn, peas or any vegetables of your choice. You can also use paneer bhurji, egg bhurji or scrambled eggs for stuffing.

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Mixed Fruit Sumner Cooler


Mixed fruit summer cooler to beat the scorching summer heat with delectable taste. A sugar free fruity drink with numerous health benefits.

An easy to make drink and best part is, you can modify it according to your taste. You can add little black or pink salt or little sugar or honey or any sweetener of your choice. I have kept the glass in refrigerator before serving. You can use ice cubes to serve your drink chilled. Make according to your taste and enjoy.

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Recently shared a delicious and healthy Fruit parfait. And now a delicious drink with five types of fruits and lemon.


With black grapes, strawberry, kiwi and tender coconut water I have used dragon fruit in this drink.

Dragon fruits are not only looks beautiful and low calorie but also loaded with vitamins minerals etc.

High in Nutrients Dragon fruit, also known as pitahaya or strawberry pear, is a tropical fruit known for its vibrant red skin and sweet, seed-speckled pulp. Its unique look and acclaimed superfood powers have made it popular among foodies and the health-conscious. Dragon fruit supplies iron along with vitamin C, a combination that may improve your body’s absorption of this important mineral. Here are health benefits of dragon fruit.

1. High in Nutrients

2. May Help Fight Chronic Disease

3. Loaded With Fiber

4. Promotes a Healthy Gut

5. Strengthens Your Immune System

6. May Boost Low Iron Levels

7. Good Source of Magnesium

Source – Lifeline


Black grapes are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Black grapes also called immunity booster.

Strawberries are bright red, juicy, and sweet. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium. Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control. Source

Kiwi is rich in vitamins including vitamin C and antioxidants. Helps treat asthma. Aids digestion. Boosts immune system. Helps prevent sickness. Manages blood pressure. Reduces blood clotting. Protects against vision loss. Potential risks. To read more health benefits of kiwi click here.


Tender coconut water is not only delicious and refreshing but also enriched with several nutrients .

• Good Source of Several Nutrients.

• May Have Antioxidant Properties.

• May Have Benefits Against Diabetes.

• May Help Prevent Kidney Stones.

• May Support Heart Health.

• May Reduce Blood Pressure.

• Beneficial After Prolonged Exercise.

• Delicious Source of Hydration. Source

Lemon is enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants.

Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds. These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits. In fact, lemons may support heart health, weight control, and digestive health. Here are 6 evidence-based health benefits of lemons.

1. Support Heart Health. Lemons are a good source of vitamin C.

2. Help Control Weight. Lemons are often promoted as a weight loss food, and there are a few theories as to why this is.

3. Prevent Kidney Stones.

4. Protect Against Anemia.

5. Reduce Cancer Risk.

6. Improve Digestive Health.

Source – Healthline

You can call it a mixed fruit juice. Clean and wash the fruits properly and blend. And your healthy and delicious drink is ready. Serve it chilled by adding ice cubes or storing it in refrigerator. Or to serve room temperature serve immediately after blending.


Recipe

Dragon fruit – 1/2

Black grapes – 1/2 cup

Strawberry – 1/2 cup, chopped

Kiwi – 1/2 chopped

Tender coconut water – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon


Method

1. Rinse all the fruits well.

2. Cut the dragon fruit into half lengthwise and scoop out the fruit with a spoon. Chop the strawberries.

3. Blend all the ingredients in your blender. Taste and add more lemon juice if require.

4. Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. You can add some ice cubes in the glass or keep the glass in refrigerator for an hour before serving.

5. Garnish with dragon fruit and kiwi slices and serve chilled. Enjoy your delicious chilled fruity drink to beat the heat.

Notes

1. You can use little sugar or honey with the fruits if you want, I didn’t. Its perfectly sweet for me without any sweetener.

2. A pinch of black or pink salt can be used while blending the fruits or stir in the glass.

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Andhra Chicken Curry


Andhra style chicken curry. A hot spicy and lipsmackingly delicious chicken curry from Andhra cuisine. Freshly ground dry roasted whole spices, chillies and aromatic spices made this curry so special and mouthwatering.

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You may like some more chicken recipes on this blog.

1. Chicken chaap

2. Chicken clear soup

3. Chicken dak bungalow

4. Zafrani chicken

5. Chicken kosha

6. Sikkimese chicken curry

7. No oil hariyali chicken

8. Easy spicy pressure cooker chicken

This week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Curries From The South suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. If you love authentic dishes then do visit her space. Narmadha has amazing collection of authentic and innovative recipes. I have bookmarked her Baked chicken nuggets recipe to try. I also love her different kinds of soup and rasam recipes.

Now coming to the recipe. You can also make this chicken curry in pressure cooker to make it in less time. You have to dry roast Poppy seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, whole peppercorn and a small piece of star anise. Star anise is optional, if you don’t have it then you can skip it.



These dry roasted spices will make your curry flavorful. Always marinate the chicken at least for 30 minutes. You can cover and keep the marinated chicken overnight in refrigerator. And onion, curry leaves, tomato will give a wonderful taste to the curry. I always use mustard oil to marinate the chicken but you can skip it if you want.



Recipe

For marination

Chicken- 500 gram

Curd- 4 tablespoon

Lemon juice- 2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder- 1 tablespoon

Black pepper powder- 1 teaspoon

Ginger garlic paste- 1 tablespoon

Salt- 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil- 1 tablespoon

Spices to dry roast

Poppy seeds- 1&1/2 tablespoon

Green cardamom- 4

Cinnamon- 1&1/2 inch piece

Cloves-4

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Coriander seeds- 1 tablespoon

Black peppercorn- 4

Star anise- a small piece, optional

For gravy

Onion-3 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli- 5-6 chopped

Curry leaves -1 spring

Tomato- 1 chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Oil- 3-4 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water- 1&1/2 cup or as required



Method

1. Clean and wash the chicken well. Drain and keep aside.

2. In a bowl mix curd, lemon juice, mustard oil, ginger garlic paste, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Add chicken pieces and mix well. Marinate for 30 minutes or an hour. I like to use little mustard oil in marination. But you can skip it if you want. You can marinate the chicken without any oil.



3. In a pan dry roast poppy seeds lightly and transfer the seeds on a plate. In the same pan dry roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and star anise. Star anise is absolutely optional if you don’t have, skip it. I like the flavour so I used a small piece. Grind the roasted poppy seeds and all the whole spices when cool.

4. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add chopped onion, curry leaves and green chilli. Add green chilli according to your spice tolerance. I have used 4 chopped green chilli and 2 slit green chilli. Fry till onion becomes light brown.


5. You can also make it in pressure cooker. See notes for pressure cooker method.

6. Add chopped tomato, cilantro or coriander leaves and salt. Saute till tomato becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.



7. Now add chicken pieces and fry till chicken pieces change it’s colour and oil leaves the sides.



8. Add dry roasted and ground spices and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add 1&1/2 cup water and remaining marination. Mix and cover.



9. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Check and stir in between.

10. After 15 minutes my chicken was still slightly uncooked so added 1 cup water more and cooked covered for 10 minutes on low heat.



11. Add water as require to get your desired consistency. Add water and when its starts to rolling boil cover and cook on simmer for 10-15 minutes more or till chicken becomes soft. Timing depends on the quality of chicken. Sometimes chicken cooked perfectly in 10 minutes. You can also make this curry semi dry or dry. Add water accordingly.

12. Remove from heat. Your spicy delicious Andhra style chicken is ready.



13. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chili. You can also use lemon wedges for garnishing. Serve with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, naan or any bread.


Notes

1. You can also make this curry in pressure cooker. After adding water pressure cook for three whistle. For pressure cooker add only 1 or 1&1/2 cup water or as you like your gravy.

2. You can add more chillies to make your curry more spicy or use less chillies if you are making for kids.

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Fruity Summer Cooler



Fruity summer cooler or fruit parfait with black grapes, strawberry and mango. You don’t need any sweetener to make this delicious fruit parfait. A super easy recipe that your kids can easily make and enjoy. Let’s introduce kids to the pleasure of making something for themselves.



Not only delicious but its also packed with nutrients because of three types of fruits. A glass with all the goodness of fresh fruits and without sugar or any sweetener. Glass looks beautiful, isn’t it? Clicked so many pictures 😀My daughter also couldn’t resist to click some pictures. Sharing two of her pictures. You can easily recognize her click 😊 Kids will love to enjoy this parfait even if they don’t like fruits. Who can say no to this lovely glass of parfait. Here are some more summer drinks for you.

1. Vegan fruity drink with fresh turmeric

2. Mint lassi

3. Watermelon punch

4. Iced green tea with orange and mint

5. Beetroot shot

6. Spicy pineapple virgin margarita

7. Green tea grape mocktail

8. Virgin watermelon mojito

9. Orange grape frozen cooler

10. Virgin mojito

11. Watermelon cooler with tulsi and Aloevera

12. Thandai flavoured fruit punch

13. Kiwi ginger lime cooler

14. Smoothie



This week’s 290 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #RangBirange suggested by Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. Sasmita is a very talented blogger. You can get many wonderful recipes on her space. I recently bookmarked her unique Carrot chutney recipe to try.



Sasmita wants some colorful drinks. So here is a splash of colour for you in a healthy way. As I mentioned above recipe is very easy. I have used black grapes, mango and strawberry but you can use any fruits of your choice. Just crush the fruits separately with a fork and layer them in a tall glass. Keep the glass in freezer for 30 minutes to set the layers. Top with some chopped fruits and your fruit parfait is ready to serve. Enjoy chilled.



Recipe

Black grapes – 1 cup

Strawberry – 1/2 cup + for topping

Mango – 1/2 cup + for topping

Mint leaves to garnish



Method

1. Wash the fruits properly. Drain the water.

2. On a plate crush 1/2 cup grapes with a fork. Pour the crushed grapes into a tall glass.

3. Peel and chop the mango into small pieces. Crush the pieces with a fork. Layer the crushed mango over crushed grapes in the glass. See notes for more options.

4. Similarly crush the strawberry with fork and layer them over crushed mango.

5. Again crush remaining black grapes and make a layer over strawberry. Now make two thin layer of little crushed mango and strawberry. If you are using smaller glass then skip this step.

6. Keep the glass in freezer for 30 minutes to set. After 30 minutes take out the glass from freezer and top with chopped mango and strawberry. Garnish with black grapes and mint leaves.



Your colorful fruit parfait is ready to serve. Enjoy chilled. Stay healthy stay happy stay safe!

Notes

1. You can use any fruit of your choice.

2. You can also muddle some mint leaves and make a layer between the fruits.

3. Fruits are enough sweet so you don’t need any sweetener but you can add little powdered sugar or honey with crushed fruits if you like. Better to enjoy without any sweetener.

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Grape Cape Gooseberry Salad With Amada And Kasundi


Grapes rasbhari or cape gooseberry salad with mango ginger or amada and Kasundi or mustard sauce. Delicious healthy fruity salad with a zing of Kasundi or mustard sauce and flavored with raw mango and mint. Easy to make and filling salad for your busy days.

You may like some more salad recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Fruity salad with dried basil

2. Corn salad

3. Fruity salad

4. Peas chickpea low calorie salad

5. Mango pomegranate and tender coconut salsa

6. Watermelon salsa

Ingredients used to make this salad.

Black grapes These sweet juicy fruits are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients.

Cape gooseberry or rasbhari These cute small orange fruits are rich sources of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.

Lettuce are commonly eaten fresh. And also a rich source of vitamins.

Tomato Low calorie tomato will not only enhance the taste of your salad but also enriched with vitamins, minerals etc.

Green chilli It will make your salad slightly spicy and its a rich source of vitamin C and other nutrients.

Carrot Highly nutritious carrot will give a sweetness and make your salad colorful and delicious.

Cucumber are low calorie and highly nutritious.

Amada or mango ginger has a rich flavour and also packed with many health benefits. To get one more recipe and other info about mango ginger click here.

Kasundi is a Bengali mustard sauce with pungent paste of fermented mustard seeds. Get the recipe here.

Raw mango will give a tanginess to the salad.

Sweet corn is my most favourite ingredient. And its rich in dietary fibre.

Mint leaves, cilantro, lemon juice, black salt and pepper for flavour and taste. And I also use a fresh red Jalapeno or large red chilli in the salad.


Sending this post to 289 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Salad Stories suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Poonam has a wonderful blog with numerous mouthwatering recipes. Check out her delicious Vermicelli salad for this theme.

Recipe is very easy to make. Just combine everything and enjoy. Use green chilli, lemon juice and Kasundi according to your taste. I love the zing of Kasundi so added a teaspoon more before serving. If you don’t have amada or mango ginger then omit it. You can also use 1 teaspoon grated ginger in the salad if you like.


Recipe

Black grapes- 1 cup, halved

Cape Gooseberries or rasbhari- 1 cup, halved

Lettuce- 1 cup, chopped

Tomato- 1, chopped

Green chilli- 1-2 finely chopped

Red Jalapeno or large fresh red chilli- 1, finely chopped, optional

Carrot- 2 small

English cucumber- 1

Amada or mango ginger- 2 tablespoon, peeled and grated

Kasundi or mustard sauce- 1 tablespoon

Grated raw mango- 2 tablespoon

Sweet corn- 1/2 cup

Mint leaves- 1/4 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves- 1 tablespoon, chopped

Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon or to taste

Black salt- 1&1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon


Method

1. Rinse the grapes and rasbhari or cape Gooseberries well. Cut the both fruits into halved.

2. Tear up mint leaves roughly with your hand.

3. Cut the cucumber into small pieces.

4. Peel and grate the carrot.

5. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients. Mix well to combine everything.

6. Taste and add more lemon juice, kasundi or salt if required.

Notes

1. You can use 1 sliced onion if you like.

2. Any fruit, olive or cherry tomatoes can be used in this salad.

3. You can use 1 teaspoon grated ginger if you like.

4. If you don’t have amada or mango ginger then you can omit it.

5. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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Easy Spicy Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry


Easy spicy pressure cooker chicken with red Jalapeno or large size fresh red chilli. A very flavourful and delicious chicken curry to serve with any type of rice or bread.

I have bought some large size red Chillies. Seller said its red Jalapeno. When used we loved the quiet different taste. The chillies are not hot at all and taste is mildly sweet with a lovely flavour. So I used these chillies in my stir fry, salad and other savoury dishes.


Normally I like to marinate the chicken before cooking but this time I have made in a hurry. So didn’t marinate and the chicken curry was absolutely delicious. So here is a super easy quick and lipsmacking chicken curry recipe for you. And I used some aromatic spices to make this curry flavorful.


Here are some more chicken recipes.

1. Hariyali chicken

2. Sikkimese chicken curry

3. Chicken kosha

4. Zafrani chicken

5. Chicken dak bungalow

6. Chicken clear soup

7. Chicken chaap

I have ground all the whole spices because I like my gravy smooth. But you can use these whole spices for tempering. Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, javitri or mace, Kababchini or cubeb and star anise in the hot oil before adding onion ginger garlic paste. Curry is flavorful because of all the ground whole spice. Green chilli, red chilli powder and pepper powder made the curry spicy but if you like less spicy reduce the amount of green chilli and use Kashmiri red chilli powder instead of hot variety red chilli powder.


Recipe

Chicken – 500 gram

Black cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3-4

Javitri or mace – 2 strands

Start anise – a small piece

Kababchini or cubeb – 4, optional

Green chilli – 5-6 or to taste

Garlic- 13 – 14 Cloves

Ginger- 1&1/2 Inch piece

Onion – 3, chopped

Curd – 1/2 cup, well beaten

Tomato -3, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder- 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoon

Oil – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Fresh large red chilli or Jalapeno – 2, optional

Nutmeg powder- 1/4 teaspoon

Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water – 1 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon, optional

Bengali garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon, optional


Method

1. Peel the black cardamom and take out the seeds.

2..Grind onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, seeds of black cardamom, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, Kababchini, star anise and mace or javitri. Make a smooth paste.

3. Chop the Jalapeno or large red chilli.


4. Separately grind the tomatoes.

4. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add the paste of onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli and all the whole spices. Fry till ground spices starts to change it’s colour and oil leaves the sides.

5. Add tomato paste and saute again till oil leaves the sides. Now add cleaned and rinsed chicken pieces. Mix well.

6. Saute till chicken fried well and dried up. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, nutmeg powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and red chilli powder. If you want less spicy used Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute for 1 – 2 minute.

7. Add well beaten curd, Jalapeno pieces and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Keep stirring. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

8. Add water and mix. Pressure cook for 3 – 4 whistle or until chicken pieces becomes soft. Timing depends on the quality of chicken.

9..Let the pressure settle down on its own. Open the lid, taste and adjust the seasoning. If you want thick gravy cook for a few minutes more or until you get your desired consistency. I had slightly reduced the gravy after clicking the pictures.

10. Add ghee or clarified butter 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala. You can use 1- 2 teaspoon ghee instead of 1 tablespoon if you want. Or skip the ghee completely.

11. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and red chilli pieces. Serve hot with jeera rice pulao, roti, paratha, puri or any bread.

Notes

1. Use Chillies according to your taste. To make more spicy add some more green chilli. And to make less spicy use Kashmiri red chilli powder instead of hot variety red chilli powder.

2. You can also make this curry with mutton but mutton will take some more time to cook.

3. You can use the whole spices for tempering if you want.

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Date Walnut Chocolate Cake/Gluten Free Cake


Date walnut chocolate cake. Eggless low calorie gluten free cake with protein rich soybean flour, cornmeal and olive oil. Delicious soft cake is also sugar free and perfectly sweetened with dates. So you can call it absolutely guilt free cake to satisfy your sweet craving.

You may like some more chocolate flavored cakes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.


1. Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

2. Gluten free chocolate chiffon cake

3. Lemon chocolate marble cake

4. Gluten free double chocolate black rice cake

5. Oats whole wheat cake

6. Mocha coffee cake with coffee glaze

7. Rasgulla stuffed cupcakes

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One more healthy recipe for diet conscious people. Diabetic people can also enjoy this cake but in moderation. Remember only one or two pieces in a day.

Dates have a low GI, which means they’re less likely to spike your blood sugar levels, making them a safe choice for people with diabetes. Dates boast an impressive nutritional profile and natural sweetness. Because they’re a natural source of fructose, they might be a concern for people with diabetes. However, because they have a low GI and medium GL, they’re safe for those with diabetes in moderation — which translates to no more than 1 to 2 dates at a time. Source – Healthline

My Vegan date millet peanut butter cookies are lightly sweetened but this cake is perfectly sweet and absolutely delicious.

This week 288 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Chocolate Delights suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. Swaty is a very talented blogger. I always love her healthy and delicious recipes. Recently bookmarked her Eggless strawberry cake and Zucchini and carrot chocolate nut bread to try.

If you don’t have soybean flour then you can use any flour to make this cake. Its a gluten free cake. You can make it vegan by using almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or any dairy free milk. You can also use any chopped dry fruits with walnut. I have used my Samsung smart oven or new microwave. And its take less time and temperature to bake than OTG. So set the temperature and time accordingly. For OTG bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 35 minutes and in microwave hot blast function or convection mode bake at 150° for 20-25 minutes. Check with a toothpick. And after baking immediately remove from microwave. Your cake may be overbaked if you keep the cake in hot oven after baking. My cake was slightly underbaked due to frequently power cut during baking and I kept my cake in microwave after baking and took out when completely cool. Result is slightly overbaked cake but taste is too good.


Cake is also completely fat free. I have used only 1/3 cup Olive oil in the cake. If you don’t have olive oil then you can use any flavorless oil or butter. Coffee and cocoa is a great combo. Coffee, cocoa and vanilla made the cake heavenly. My kitchen filled with lovely aroma. So enjoy the delicious and healthy treat.


Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Cornmeal or makka atta – 1/2 cup

Cocoa powder – 3 tablespoon

Instant coffee powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Dates or khajur – 35, pitted

Milk – 1 cup + 3 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Olive oil – 1/3 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Walnut – 1/4 heaped cup, chopped + for topping


Method

1. In a bowl sieve soybean flour, cornmeal or makka atta, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda. Add coffee and chopped walnut. Mix everything well. Keep aside.

2. Boil one cup of milk and chopped dates. Let it cool down.

3. Take out the soft dates and grind with little milk. Make a smooth paste.

4. Pour the date paste in a large bowl. Add rest of the milk and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Mix well.

5. Add vanilla essence and olive oil. Whisk well.

6. Grease a bundt pan or line with parchment paper and brush with oil. Dust the pan with little cocoa powder. You can use loaf pan or any cake or cupcake moulds to make this cake.

7. If you are using OTG preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes. And for new model Samsung microwave set hot blast function. Set the temperature at 150° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat.

8. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix with a spatula. Add 3-4 tablespoon more milk and mix well.

9. Make a smooth lump free batter. Spread some walnut in the greased and cocoa dusted bundt pan. Pour the batter over it. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles.


10. Bake in preheated oven for 25- 30 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the cake to check.

11. Remove the cake from oven and invert on a cooling rack or plate to cool down completely. Slice and enjoy the guilt free and delectable taste.

Notes

1. You can use any flour instead of Soyabean flour and cornmeal.

2. Any flavorless oil or butter can be used instead of olive oil.

3. You can use any chopped dry fruits of your choice with walnut.

4. 1 tablespoon Lemon juice can be used instead of vinegar.

5. Vegan people can use almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or any dairy free milk.

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Almond Walnut Chutney With Mango Ginger Or Amada


Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada. An easy to make, healthy and lipsmackingly delicious chutney flavored with mango ginger. Best accompany with your snacks or any meal.

Here are some more chutney or dip recipes from this blog.

1. Olive chutney with jaggery and panch phoran

2. Tomato chutney

3. Ginger chutney

4. Mango sesame chutney

5. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

6. Water chestnut or singhara chutney

7. Onion tomato chutney

8. Mango raisins chutney

9. Peanut chutney

10. Gur aam

11. Capsicum salsa


I have used amada or mango ginger in this chutney for flavour with almond, walnut, garlic, green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, lemon, tomatoes, sesame seeds, cumin and black pepper. Raw mango flavored amada or mango ginger looks like ginger but taste is different.

According to Wikipedia Mango-ginger is a popular spice and vegetable due to its rich flavor, which is described as sweet with subtle earthy floral and pepper overtones and similar to that of raw mango. It is a delicious addition to salads and stir fries. It is used in South Asian and Southeast Asian as well as Far East Asian cuisines.


Mango ginger or amada also have some health benefits.

1. Relieve pain. Mango ginger acts as a calming agent that provides relief from pain. 

2. Treat skin diseases. Curcuma manga is used for treating skin problems. It detoxifies the body and improves skin complexion, skin problems and acne.

3. Relieve Itching. The root is anti-allergenic and provides relief from itching. 

4. Metabolic problems. The plant helps to rectify the metabolic problems.

5. Relieve Cold and Cough. Mango ginger is an analgesic and expectorant which is often used to provide relief from cold and cough. It provides relief from bronchitis and asthma.

6. Relieve digestive problems. In human and animals, enterokinase found in Mango ginger assist digestion. The enzyme breaks down proteins to organic compounds which are easier to digest. Root also detoxifies the body. It provides relief from gas, promotes digestive strength and improves appetite.

7. Relieve inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties prevent swelling in joints.

8. Relieve head lice and dandruff. Mango ginger has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.  To read more about mango ginger or amada click here.

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This chutney theme is suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. I have bookmarked her delicious Raw mango chutney to try. And this month my partner is Anu Kollon who blog at Ente Thattukada. Anu gave me walnut and sesame seeds as secret ingredients. I am sharing this healthy and absolutely delicious chutney using these ingredients. And I gave her tamarind and garlic. Let’s check out her delicious Peanut coriander chutney with these ingredients.

You have to dry roast sesame seeds or til, almond and walnut to make your chutney more delicious and flavorful. I have used roasted tomato. Roasted tomato will give a wonderful taste. You can increase or reduce the amount of green chilli and garlic according to your taste. You can also add ginger if you want.


Recipe

Tomato – 2, medium

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1/2 cup

Walnut – 2 tablespoon, dry roasted

Almond – 2 tablespoon, dry roasted

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Garlic – 2 – 3 cloves

Mango ginger or amada – 1 inch piece, grated

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sesame seeds or til – 1 tablespoon, dry roasted

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon or to taste

Salt to taste


Method

1. Rinse, pat dry and roast the tomatoes. Hold them with the help of a fork or knife on flame. Roast till the skin becomes black.


2. Dip roasted tomato in cold water. Peel the skin and chop them roughly.

3. Lightly dry roast almond, walnut and sesame seeds separately. Let everything cool down.

4. Peel the garlic cloves. Add all the ingredients in a grinder jar. Grind into a smooth paste. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger if you want.

5. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if require. Take out the mixture in a glass bowl. You can drizzle 1 – 2 teaspoon olive oil. I didn’t.

6. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and tomato slices. Serve with any snacks.

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Vegan Date Millet Peanut Butter Cookies/ Gluten Free Cookies


Eggless date millet peanut butter cookies. Gluten free and vegan cookies made with bajra or pearl millet flour and lightly sweetened with dates. Only three ingredients cookies with little baking powder and a pinch of soda. Homemade peanut butter, pearl millet flour and dates made these cookies absolutely healthy.

I have used homemade unsweetened peanut butter to make these cookies. Get the recipe of peanut butter here. These fat free and low calorie cookies can be also enjoyed by diabetic people. But remember take only one or two in a day, not more than that. You may like some more recipes with dates on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Diet cake or fruit cake

2. Sugar free dry fruits cake with oats

3. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

4. Sugar free carrot cake

5. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

6. Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

7. Sugar free sheer khurma

8. Sugar free date sandesh

9. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

10. Date walnut fudge or barfi

11. Sugar free gajar halwa

12. Date walnut muffins

13. Gluten free vegan fruit cake

14. Vegan smoothie bowl

15. Oats date dry fruits modak

16. Maamoul cookies

17. Gluten free and sugar free brownie

18. Sugar free date oats cookies

19. Smoothie

I have used three main ingredient bajra, peanut butter and dates to make these cookies.

Bajra is a type of pearl millet grown primarily in Africa and India, although it’s consumed worldwide. The gluten-free grain is low in calories but packed with healthy nutrients that may contribute to weight loss, improved blood sugar levels, and other health benefits. Some of the potential health benefits associated with regularly eating bajra are weight loss, improved diabetes management, and a higher intake of nutrients that support healthy hair, nails, and skin. Source

And homemade peanut butter is completely sugar free. I have made it with only little salt and two tablespoon of peanut oil. You can skip the oil if you want.


Peanut butter is comprised of about 25% protein, making it an excellent plant-based protein source.
Peanuts are low in carbs and suitable for people with type 2 diabetes or those following a low-carb diet.
Pure peanut butter is a good source of healthy fats. Peanut butter is rich in antioxidants, including p-coumarin and resveratrol. To read more about peanut butter click here.

Dates are a healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to their sweet taste, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Very Nutritious. Dates have an excellent nutrition profile. High in Fiber. Getting enough fiber is important for your overall health. High in Disease-Fighting Antioxidants. May Promote Brain Health. May Promote Natural Labor. Excellent Natural Sweetener. Other Potential Health Benefits. Easy to Add to Your Diet. Healthline

This week’s 287 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Date With Dates suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna has a wonderful blog with numerous mouthwatering recipes. Her Corn cheese balls and Sweet coconut paratha is in my list to try soon.

Recipe is very simple. You don’t need much ingredients to make these healthy and nutritious cookies. If you don’t have or you don’t like the taste of bajra or pearl millet flour then you can use any flour of your choice. I like the flavour of dates so didn’t add any essence. You can use vanilla essence or cinnamon powder if you like. As I mentioned above these cookies are lightly sweetened. If you want your cookies sweeter add 2 – 3 tablespoon more dates.

Recipe

Bajra or pearl millet flour – 1 cup

Peanut butter – 5 tablespoon

Dates – 1/2 cup, pitted

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – a small pinch

Water – 3 tablespoon


Method

1. In a bowl sieve bajra or pearl millet flour, baking powder and soda. You can use any flour instead of bajra.

2. Grind dates into a smooth paste. Add 2 – 3 tablespoon water for easy grinding. You can also use milk instead of water. These cookies are lightly sweetened. If you want sweeter cookies and 2 – 3 tablespoon more dates.

3. Mix date paste and peanut butter with the dry ingredients. I have used homemade peanut butter.

4. Mix everything with your hand. Don’t need to knead just combine everything well.

5. Preheat the microwave convection or hot blast function at 160°. For OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

6. Make balls with the flour mixture by pressing with your palm. Now make them flat and arrange on baking tray. Press all the cookies with a fork.

7. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Or until the cookies becomes light golden brown. To make crisper cookies press the cookies to make thin and bake for a few minutes more.

8. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.

Eat healthy stay healthy stay safe 😊

Notes

1. Any flour can be used instead of bajra or pearl millet flour.

2. Add 2 – 3 tablespoon more dates if you want your cookies sweeter.

3. You can use vanilla, cinnamon or any flavour in the cookies.

4. You can use any butter or ghee instead of peanut butter.

5. Milk can be used instead of water.

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Bati Chochchori


Bati chochchori. A simple, easy, quick and delicious curry without any spice. Sharing a simple and easiest potato recipe from Bengali cuisine. You can add any vegetable of your choice with potatoes.

You need only panch phoran or Bengali five spices, salt and mustard oil to make this curry. Even you don’t need turmeric or any other spice powder. Sounds healthy isn’t it? Normally it’s cooked in a bowl. And in Bengali bati means bowl. And vegetables with panch phoran called chochchori or chorchori. Mixed vegetable chochchori is always a dry curry. But this bati chochchori can be made with gravy. You can keep the consistency of gravy as you like.

To make bati chochchori you can use cauliflower, eggplant or any vegetable of your choice. Bati chochchori can be made with fish too. Just mix everything and cook. A super easy method. I like bati chochchori with only potatoes.

Do you love potatoes? Here are some potato recipes from this blog.

1. Spicy potato with tamarind

2. Coriander red potatoes

3. Potatoes with green peas

4. Rosti or Swiss potato pancake

5. Potatoes in yogurt gravy

6. Grilled potatoes

7. Potato curry to serve with hing kachodi

8. Batata bhaji

9. Peanut potato

10. Potato pie

11. Potato with nigella seeds, poppy seeds and tomato

12. Savoury potato cake

13. Stuffed potato

14. Aloo chop or potato fritters

15. Dum aloo

16. Spicy potatoes

17. No onion garlic potato curry

18. Aloo chaat

19. Aloo ke gutke

20. Matar nimona

21. Panch phoran tarkari

22. Kashmiri dum aloo

23. Aloo kabli/chaat

24. Aloo kofta curry

25. Dum aloo with luchi

This stew like curry is best accompany with luchi, puri, paratha or any Indian flatbread. I have served it with luchi. Get the recipe here.

Now why I am talking about this easy and simple recipe. Actually this week its my turn to suggest the theme for 286 #Foodiemonday bloghop. And I suggested my fellow bloggers to cook an easiest dish which you make so often and it should be your family member’s favorite. And better to use minimum spices. So the theme is Cook In A Jiffy. And I also suggested savoury bake as second option but easiest recipe won unanimously.

We are always looking for some easy quick and simple recipes to make in a jiffy for our busy days. Right? Believe me easy and quick recipes can also be delicious 😊 In winter a bowl of hot bati chochchori with fulko or fluffy luchi or puri is a bliss. If you like light less spicy curry then its perfect for you.

If you don’t have panch phoran, then you can make the mixture of five whole spices. To make panch phoran or five spice mix 1 tablespoon each nigella seed or kalonji, cumin seeds or jeera, mustard seeds or sarso, fennel seeds or sounf and 1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds or methi. Use green chilli according to your taste. You can also add 1 – 2 teaspoon more mustard oil for an extra zing. Bati chochchori is a light curry. Mix mustard oil, salt panch phoran and water as require with chopped potatoes, green chilli and tomatoes. If you want your chochchori without much gravy, then add less water. I like the taste of light gravy so used 1 cup water. I have used pressure cooker but you can also make it in microwave. Mix everything in a microwavable glass bowl, cover and cook on full power for 4 – 5 minutes or until potatoes becomes soft. Or make in a covered bowl or pot on stove.

Recipe

Potato – 3

Tomato – 2

Slit green chilli – 4 or to taste

Panch phoran or five spices (mixture of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin, mustard seeds and fennel seeds) – 1 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 1 cup


Method

1. Peel and chop the potatoes lengthwise. Rinse well.

2. Rinse and chop the tomatoes in small pieces.

3. In a pressure cooker mix chopped potatoes, tomatoes, panch phoran, slit green chilli, mustard oil, salt and water. Add green chilli according to your taste. If you like your curry hot add some more chilli or if you are making for kids reduce the amount of green chilli.

4. If you don’t want much gravy add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water. Use water as you like your curry, thick or thin. Pressure cook for 2 – 3 whistle.

5. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Taste and adjust salt. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon more mustard oil for an extra zing.

6. For microwave mix everything in a microwavable glass bowl. Cover and microwave on high power for 4 – 5 minutes or until potatoes becomes soft.

7. Or you can make this bati chochchori in a pot or wok. Mix everything, cover and cook till potatoes becomes tender and tomato becomes mushy. Check and stir in between. If your curry is too runny, then cook for some more time to reduce the gravy. Your bati chochchori is ready. Serve hot with Luchi , paratha or any Indian flatbread.

Take care and stay safe 🙏 😊

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