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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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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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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Carrot Peas Instant Appe Or Paniyaram


Carrot peas instant appe or paniyaram. You don’t need to soak grind and ferment the batter to make this appe. A spicy and delectable snack without much oil. So you can call it a healthy treat for health conscious people. These low calorie fritters can be served with any chutney or sauce.


Kuzhi paniyaram, or Paddu/GuLiyappa/Yeriyappa/Gundponglu  or Gunta Ponganalu or Tulu : “appadadde” is an Indian dish made by steaming batter using a mould. The batter is made of black lentils and rice and is similar in composition to the batter used to make idli and dosa.The dish can also be made spicy or sweet depending on the ingredients Chillies and jaggery respectively. Paniyaram is made on a special pan that comes with multiple small fissures. Source


This carrot peas appe taste absolutely delicious. These round ball like appe are crisp from outside and soft inside. You will love the taste and texture. Semolina or suji appe are hot favourite amongst my family members. So I always try to make this with different ingredients. You may like some more easy apple recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Rice appe with cooked rice

2. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

3. Beetroot appe

4. Semolina and lentil appe

5. Roasted gram or sattu appe

6. Semolina and flatten rice appe

7. Sprouts and oats appe

Linking this post to 285 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Paniyaram Pan Magic suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. Her blog is really a treasure of different types of sweet spicy tasty recipes. I love her South Indian recipes as well as international recipes. I have to try her Aloo frankie Kathi roll soon.

I have added sauteed ground green peas and grated carrot with ginger and green chilli in the semolina batter. Green peas and carrot enhance the flavour and taste. I have used 1/2 cup green peas but you can use one cup peas if you like. Just increase the spices accordingly if you are using more green peas. You can also use any grated vegetables of your choice. Add all the grated or finely chopped vegetables with carrot and green peas while sautéing. I like my appe spicy but if you are making for kids reduce the amount of chilli. Its a no onion garlic recipe but you can add 1 finely chopped onion in the batter if you want. If you have leftover green peas stuffing of paratha or kachodi then you can add it in your appe batter.



Recipe

Carrot – 1

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Water – 3/4 cup or as required

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 1 tablespoon + to fry


Method

1. Mix semolina or suji with curd and 1/2 water. Add salt and mix well. Cover and keep aside for 15-30 minutes.

2. Wash, peel and grate the carrot. Grind the green peas with ginger and green chilli. Add green chilli according to your taste. I like my appe spicy so used 4. You can add 1-2 tablespoon water for easy grinding.

3. Heat oil in a pan and add ground green peas, ginger and green chilli. Add grated carrot, salt and cumin powder. Add salt carefully. We have added salt in semolina too.

4. Saute till mixture completely dried up and raw smell of peas goes away. Remove from heat.

5. Add the green peas and carrot mixture into the suji batter. Add chaat masala, lemon juice and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Add water as require to make a thick batter.


6. Add baking soda and mix well.

7. Heat appe pan. Add a few drops of oil in all the holes.

8. Pour a spoonful of batter in every holes. Cover and cook on low heat till appe starts to change it’s colour and firm up.

9. Sprinkle little oil over all the appe. Flip and turn the appe upside down. Cook uncovered until appe becomes golden brown.

Serve hot with any chutney or sauce.

Notes

1. You can use any other vegetables with carrot and green peas.

2. You can double the green peas if you want. Increase the spices accordingly.

3. One finely chopped onion can be added in the batter.

4. You can also use leftover green peas stuffing of paratha or kachodi.

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Aloo Chaat


Aloo chaat. An easy quick and lipsmacking chaat made with fried potato cubes. Just mix everything and enjoy the spicy tangy and mouthwatering chaat at home.

According to Wikipedia Aloo chaat or alu chaat is a street food originating from the Indian subcontinent, it is popular in North India, West Bengal in Eastern India, Pakistan and also in parts of Sylhet Division of Bangladesh. It is prepared by frying potatoes in oil and adding spices and chutney. You may like some more chaat recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Ghugni and aloo kabli

2. Matar chaat

3. Chana or chickpea chaat

4. Sprouts chaat

5. Peanut chaat

This week 283 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Street Food Of India suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya is a very talented blogger. Do visit her space for many mouthwatering recipes. Check out her Pav bhaji recipe for this theme.

Fried potatoes are used to make this chaat. But you can also use boiled potatoes if you want your chaat healthy. Or saute the boiled and cubed potatoes in little oil till crisp. I sometimes do so. But my daughter loves fried version so this time made with fried potato. You can also use green chutney or mint coriander or dhania pudina chutney if you want. I have used store bought Maggi tamarind chutney but you can use homemade tamarind chutney instead. You can also mix some thick curd in the chaat if you like the taste. Fine nylon sev looks good for garnishing. But I don’t have sev so used Haldiram aloo bhujia to garnish.


Recipe

Potato – 2, large

Oil for frying

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1 small, finely chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Tamarind chutney or sauce – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Grated ginger – 1/4 teaspoon

Pomegranate arils – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Sev or aloo bhujia to garnish


Method

1. Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes. Rinse well and drain the water completely.

2. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Fry the potato cubes on low medium heat. Fry the potatoes in two three batches depending on the size of your pan.

3. Fry till potato cubes becomes golden brown and crisp. Stir to fry from all the sides evenly. Don’t increase the heat. Fry on low heat to cook the potatoes well from inside. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon.

4. In a bowl mix fried potatoes and all the other ingredients. I have used Kashmiri red chilli powder for colour. You can also use 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder if you want. See notes for more options.

5. Mix well and taste. Add little more salt or tamarind chutney if required. Garnish with pomegranate arils and sev or aloo bhujia. Enjoy spicy tangy lipsmacking aloo chaat with your family.

Notes

1. Omit green chilli if you are making for small kids.

2. You can also add green chutney or mint coriander chutney if you like.

3. One small finely chopped onion can be used in the chaat.

4. You can garnish the chaat with ginger julienne.

5. You can add one tablespoon fried or roasted peanut for a crunch.

6. You can mix curd or thick yogurt in the chaat if you like the taste.

7. You can make this chaat with boiled potatoes instead of fried potatoes. Or saute the boiled potatoes till crisp with little oil for healthier alternative.

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Moong Dal Halwa


Moong dal halwa. Enjoy delectable warm dessert without much effort. You don’t need to grind the dal and fry for a long time. Process is very easy so make anytime and serve warm or cold. You can also make laddu or barfi following same method if you want. So here is the recipe as I remember how maa usually made it. And yes my most favourite dessert in winter.

You may like some more halwa recipes on this blog. Click on the name below to get recipes.

1. Buckwheat Waterchestnut banana halwa

2. Paneer gajar halwa

3. Sugar free gajar halwa

4. Chana dal halwa

5. Cherry pineapple kesari

6. Singhara atta or Waterchestnut laddu

And some more dessert which you can enjoy warm

1. Kheer or rice pudding

2. Nolen gurer paesh

3. Pantua

4. Baked rasgulla

5. Sugar free sheer khurma

6. Gulabjamun

7. Shakkarai pongal

8. Rasaballi

9. Paruppu payasam

As I mentioned above that recipe is very easy to make and you don’t need to grind the dal or yellow lentil and fry for a long time. I remember my mother cook the lentil and milk on simmer after lunch to serve warm in evening. And maa used to add lots of cashew nuts and raisins but my kids don’t like so I skipped. You can use any dry fruits of your choice. If you have a large vessel to cook then you don’t need to sit and stir continuously. Just stir in regular interval to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Recipe

Moong dal – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse the moong dal till water runs clear. Soak dal or yellow lentil in enough water for 2 hours.

2. Heat milk in a wok or pan. Drain the water and add the moong dal in milk. When milk starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. You can add a small pinch of saffron in the milk. I don’t have while making it so I skipped. Saffron will give a lovely colour and flavour.

3. Cook on simmer till milk absorbed. Don’t forget to stir in regular interval. It will take about 1 hour to cook the dal completely on simmer.

4. When milk and dal about to dried up and dal become soft or fully cooked add sugar.

5. Sugar will release water so cook for 8 – 10 minutes more on low heat. Keep stirring. Now add ghee or clarified butter and mix well.

6. Stir continuously. Better to use nonstick pan but if you are using any other pan be careful to avoid sticking to the bottom and burning. When halwa dried up and you will get a nice aroma of fried moong dal add cardamom powder, mix and remove from heat. Garnish with shredded almond and pistachio.

7. Serve warm or room temperature. You can also make laddu or barfi with this mixture.

Notes

1. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.

2. You can increase the amount of ghee and milk if you want.

Participating in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly group after a long time. 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 Warm Dessert theme is suggested by Rafeeda AR who blog at Big Sweet Tooth. Rafeeda has a vast collection of wonderful recipes. I specially love her dessert recipes. I have bookmarked her Cookie cheesecake brownie bar to try soon. And this month my partner is my dear friend Preethi Prasad of Preethicuisine. I always love her authentic, healthy and innovative recipes. Among many other recipes I have to try her recently published Eggless orange cake soon. Preethi gave me ghee and moong dal and I gave her almond and cardamom to use in the recipe. I am sharing this delicious dal halwa using these ingredients.

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Til Gur Jowar Cookies/Sesame Jaggery Sorghum Cookies/Gluten Free Cookies

Happy new year to all my readers. Wishing a very happy, healthy, joyous and prosperous new year to everyone. My first post of this year. Starting with a healthy recipe. Til gur jowar cookies or sesame jaggery sorghum cookies. A gluten free, healthy and absolutely delicious cookies with the goodness of sorghum flour or jowar atta, til or sesame seeds and jaggery or gur.

These eggless cookies are very easy to make. You don’t need to cream butter and sugar. Just mix everything and make a smooth dough. Make small balls and press on the sesame seeds to coat well and bake. Try and enjoy the crispy crunchy delicious cookies flavored with cinnamon, cloves and ginger. On last winter I had shared Til badam laddu or sesame almond laddu .

Til or sesame seeds and jaggery both are known as warm food. You may also like Pearl millet sesame oats cookies on this blog. For some more gluten free cookies recipes click here.

Til or sesame seeds contain calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc. These seeds are a powerhouse of energy and when taken with jaggery they can help to reduce the risk of cold, cough and flu, which is a common health concern in winters. Jaggery or Gur is an ultimate winter superfood. The natural sweetener is not only a healthier alternative of refined sugar but also has numerous potential health benefits. Loaded with iron, vitamin C, protein, magnesium and potassium, gur is something that every person must include in their diet, especially when the temperature drops. Source

I have used sorghum flour or jowar atta to make these cookies. Gluten free Sorghum flour is rich in protein and fiber.

Sorghum is a nutrient-packed grain that you can use in many ways. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. It’s likewise an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, and protein. Source – Healthline

Sending this post to 279 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Sesame Seeds suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. I always love her space for versatile recipes and wonderful write up. I have a long list of baked recipes from her blog to try. Like Taftan, Christmas tea bread etc. You can also get many authentic Gujarati recipes on her blog.

Now coming to the recipe. As I mentioned above that its a quick and easy recipe. Just mix everything and bake. I have used organic jaggery powder but you can use powdered sugar, brown sugar or any sweetener of your choice. You can also use shredded almond or cashew nuts if you want. Nutty flavour of sesame seeds, coconut, jaggery and the mix aroma of ginger, cinnamon and cloves made these cookies divine. You can use whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida or any flour instead of sorghum flour. But I recommend to try with sorghum flour or jowar atta for best result. I have used salted Amul butter and olive oil. But you can also use ghee or clarified butter, unsalted butter and instead of olive oil any flavorless oil can be used.

Recipe

Sorghum flour – 1 cup

Desiccated coconut – 4 tablespoon

Sesame seeds – 3 tablespoon + for coating

Organic jaggery powder – 1/2 cup

Salted butter – 3 tablespoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Dried ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/8 teaspoon

Clove powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Milk – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Dry roast 3 tablespoon Sesame seeds or til in a pan. When sesame seeds starts to splutter and change it’s colour to light brown immediately transfer the seeds on a plate.

2. In a large bowl mix sorghum flour or jowar atta, organic jaggery powder, baking powder, soda, desiccated coconut, dry roasted sesame seeds or til, cinnamon powder, ginger powder and clove powder.

3. Add olive oil and salted butter. I have used Amul butter. Chop the chilled butter into small pieces before measuring.

4. Mix everything well with your fingers. When everything combined really well add milk and make a smooth dough.

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. Spread some sesame seeds or til on a plate.

7. Make small balls out of the dough. You can make 18 – 20 cookies from this dough. Depends on the size.

8. Press the balls on the sesame seeds to coat well. For crisper cookies press to make thin cookies. I didn’t dry roast the sesame seeds used for coating because I wanted white coloured sesame seeds coated on brown cookies. You can use roasted sesame seeds if you like.

9. Arrange the sesame seeds coated and flatten balls on lined or greased baking tray. Don’t forget to leave some space between cookies.

10. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cookies becomes golden brown. Keep an eye after 10 minutes. For soft mouth melting cookies bake for less time and for crispy crunchy cookies bake for longer time.

11. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.

Notes

1. Any flour can be used instead of sorghum flour or jowar atta.

2. You can use any flavorless oil instead of olive oil.

3. You can add shredded almond, cashew nuts or any dry fruits in the dough.

4. You can also use vanilla essence or any flavour of your choice instead of cinnamon and cloves.

5. Ghee or clarified butter can be used instead of butter.

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Collection Of Eggless Fruit Cake

Collection of eggless fruit cake. Here are some fruit cake recipes with different flours. You can get sugar free cake recipe for diet conscious people. And also some gluten free and vegan fruit cake recipes. Try the guilt free cakes or some with sugar cakes and enjoy the upcoming festival. Click on the name or picture below for recipe.



Dundee Cake


Mixed taste of almond, lemon, orange, blackberry preserve, cardamom and cinnamon made this cake super yummy and aromatic.


Suji/rawa or semolina cake

A cake with all the ingredients we use on sankranti. Loaded with dry fruits, mawa, til or sesame seeds, coconut and flavoured with cardamom and caramel.


Diet cake or fruit cake

A delicious treat for diet conscious people. A completely guilt free cake. Super healthy for kiddos and perfect for health watchers.
Even diabetic people can eat it.
Its APF less, butter less, egg less and yes sugar less too. Even frosting is butter less and sugar less.


Whole wheat fruit cake

Egg less, butter less and APF less super soft fruit cake. You will love it’s mild flavor of orange and spices. The cake is healthy because of whole wheat flour and lots of dry fruits.
You don’t need overnight soaked dry fruits. Very easy to make yet absolutely delicious.


Eggless Christmas Cake

Egg less fruit cake. Super soft, moist, flavourful and loaded with dry fruits. No, not rum soaked its caramel soaked dry fruits cake or Christmas cake.
Very easy to make, no fuss and aromatic cake for this special accession.


Gluten free and vegan fruit cake

Eggless gluten free and vegan fruit cake. Made of Soyabean flour and oats and loaded with dry fruits. Dry fruits are not rum soaked. You don’t need to soak the dry fruits for long periods. Just soak in orange juice for overnight. The cake is spiced with star anise, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.


Gluten free jaggery fruit cake

Gluten free fruit cake with amaranth flour or rajgira atta, sorghum flour or jowar atta and soybean flour. Vegan people can replace honey with jaggery.
A delicious aromatic festive cake loaded with dry fruits and flavoured with all the spices and chocolate. Try and feel the burst of taste and flavour. Blend of three healthy gluten free flour, tea soaked dry fruits, flavorful spices, cocoa, jaggery and honey made this cake super soft, moist, mouthwatering and healthy.

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Multigrain Chocolate Cookies Or Shortbread Cookies/Nankhatai

Eggless chocolate cookies or chocolate nankhatai/shortbread cookies. A delicious and healthy treat for your kids. Cookies are made with multigrain flour or a mixture of wheat, barley, ragi, corn, chana or chickpea and soybean flour and little cornmeal. And sweetened with organic jaggery powder. You can also use normal powdered sugar, coconut sugar or brown sugar. You can add some choco chips or chopped dry fruits in the dough if you want.

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I got a bottle of farm fresh organic jaggery powder from my loving neighbor Jagjeet Kaur Kang (Sona). Every year she brings a bottle for me from her parents home. And I love to use this jaggery in my bakes like

Gluten free apple almond cupcakes

Apple almond saffron whole wheat muffins

No butter no sugar oats almond cookies

Gluten free vegan apple jaggery cake

Whole wheat coffee jaggery cookies

Whole wheat Bournvita cake

and Gluten free oats tutti frutti jaggery cookies . So thanks to Sona and a big thank to her brothers who cultivate in their farm.

Sending this post to 275 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Healthy Bakes suggested by me. Eagerly waiting to see my fellow blogger’s recipes using different kinds of healthy flour or some healthy baked dishes.

I have used store bought multigrain flour but you can make a mixture of different flours if you want. And if you don’t have organic jaggery powder then you can use unrefined or raw sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, jaggery powder, coconut sugar or any sweetener of your choice. My kids like less sweet so I had used 1/3 cup organic jaggery powder, if you like your cookies sweeter then add 1 cup sweetener. Cornmeal will make your cookies crisp. But you can also use oats powder, besan or chickpea flour or simply increase the amount of multigrain flour. For soft and mouth melting cookies bake for only 10 – 12 minutes. And for crispy cookies bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Every oven takes different time so check after 10 minutes. If you are using OTG set the temperature at 180° but in new microwave convection mode bake at 160°.

Recipe

Multigrain flour – 1 cup

Cornmeal or makka atta – 1/3 cup

Semolina or suji – 2 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 2 & 1/2 tablespoon

Butter – 1/2 cup

Organic jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Choco chips as require

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

3. In a bowl mix multigrain flour, cornmeal, semolina, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl whisk jaggery powder and butter well. I have used homemade white butter. I like my cookies less sweet but if you want sweeter cookies use 1 cup organic jaggery powder.

5. Add vanilla essence and whisk again.

6. Now add all the dry ingredients. Mix well and make a smooth dough.

7. Make small balls. You can make 21 – 22 small cookies. Or make larger balls to make large size cookies.

8. Press the ball gently with your palm and arrange the cookies on greased or lined baking tray.

9. Press ones choco chip in the middle. I had used white choco chips. You can use any choco chips or dry fruits of your choice. But this step is optional.

10. Bake the cookies in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or till cracks appears. For crisper cookies bake for a few minutes more. Let the cookies cool down before serving. Enjoy the cookies with your milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

1. Any flour can be used to make these cookies.

2. You can also add some choco chips or shredded almond or any dry fruits in the dough.

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