Osmania Biscuit

Osmania Biscuit from Hyderabad, Telangana cuisine.
Delicious buttery Biscuit flavoured with cardamom and saffron. Not only tasty and flavorful but colour of saffron made these biscuits attractive.

Osmania Biscuit is a popular tea biscuit in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.It is named after the last Asaf Jahi ruler of Hyderabad State, Mir Osman Ali Khan.
The biscuits were first baked on the demand of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, who wanted a snack that was a little sweet and a little salty. Today, the evning chai is incomplete without these biscuits anywhere in the city. With the growth of Hyderabad as an IT hub, people from all over India were exposed to this unique biscuit and as a result of this, Osmania Biscuits are now on the list of anyone who comes to Hyderabad or goes back to his hometown. Variations of Osmania Biscuits exist in other states too; in Chennai, a biscuit that is known as ‘Butter Biscuit’ is almost similar.
It is one of the cultural identities in Hyderabad.
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This month Shhh Cooking Secretly group members sharing different recipes from Telangana cuisine. This Facebook group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. This month my partner is Aparna Parinam. A very talented blogger who blog at Tangy Tales. Visit her space for different types delicious recipes. I specially love her chutney recipes.

Aparna gave me saffron and milk powder and I gave her onion and tomato. Check out her blog to see what she made with these ingredients.
I have made these yummy biscuits with saffron and milk powder. These biscuits are perfect to serve with tea or coffee.

Recipe

Maida or refined flour – 1 cup

Soya bean flour – 1 tablespoon

Milk powder – 3 tablespoon

Butter – 1/3 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/3 cup

Baking powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 2 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon

Saffron – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt – a pinch

Maida for dusting

Method

1. Lightly dry roast the soybean flour and keep aside to cool down.

2. Mix saffron with 2 tablespoon warm milk and keep aside.

3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

4. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

5. In a bowl mix maida or refined flour, milk powder, dry roasted soybean flour, salt, baking powder and cardamom powder.

6. Cream butter and sugar powder well. Use room temperature butter.

7. Add all the dry ingredients and 1 tablespoon milk.
Combine everything and make a smooth dough.

8. Dust little flour and roll the dough. Don’t make too thin. Keep 1/4 inch thick sheet.

9. Cut the sheet with medium sized round cookie cutter.

10. Arrange the round biscuits on lined baking tray.

11. Spread saffron mixed milk over all the biscuits with the help of a brush or spoon.

12. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 – 22 minutes or until the edges start to become brown.
Let the biscuits completely cool down before serving. Enjoy with your tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

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Coconut Barfi Or Fudge

Happy Diwali everyone . May happiness and prosperity fill your life. Have a joyous and bright Diwali.

I am back after a short break. Sharing a delicious and easy to make sweet to brighten your festival. Make it to serve your guests and enjoy the heavenly taste.

Barfi made with fresh coconut, thickened milk, milk powder, little sugar, milk and cardamom. You can also use rose essence or rose water if you like the flavour.

You can use khoya or mawa but this time I didn’t dried up the milk completely. Boiled the milk on simmer till milk becomes thickened but pouring consistency, just like rabdi.

Fresh coconut is best for this barfi. Grate the coconut or simply cut the peeled coconut in small pieces and grind.

You may like some more festive dessert recipes on this blog.

Collection of sweets

Recipe

Coconut – 1

Thickened milk- 3/4 cup

Milk powder- 1/2 cup

Sugar- 3 tablespoon

Milk- 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder- 1 teaspoon

Pistachios to sprinkle

Ghee or clarified butter for greasing the plate.

Method

1. Peel and grate the coconut or cut into small pieces.

2. Grind the coconut with thickened milk and sugar. Add 1/4 cup milk for easy grinding. Make a smooth paste.

3. Grease a plate with ghee or clarified butter and keep aside.

4. Heat a pan or wok. Add the ground mixture.

5. Cook on low heat. Stir constantly to avoid sticking to the bottom.

6. When the mixture about to dried up add milk powder and mix well.

7. When the mixture leaves the sides remove from heat.

8. Add cardamom powder and mix well. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon rose essence or rose water if you like the flavour .

9. Pour the mixture on greased plate. Press with a spatula and sprinkle chopped pistachios.

10. Cut with a knife into your desired shape when still warm.

11. Keep in cool place for an hour to set.
Your barfi is ready. Enjoy the divine taste.
Have a safe and prosperous Diwali.

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Gluten Free Beetroot Buns

Gluten free eggless beetroot buns.
Soft, healthy and delicious buns. Kids will enjoy the taste and colour. Perfect for tiffin or breakfast. Or just spread cheese spread, sprinkle little herbs of your choice and enjoy as a snack.
For breakfast make half and toast with butter on a skillet or pan. Make sandwich with finely pizza sauce or spread, chopped onions, Bell pepper, capsicum, grated carrot and cheese. And enjoy the happy face of your kiddos. Add vegetables of your choice. Or simply sprinkle grated cheese, oregano or any herb and chill flakes and enjoy.

We are celebrating 200 #Foodiemonday bloghop. And still missing our old members Jolly, Krithika, Waagmi and Alka.
All are old members of this group now left for different reasons. All these members and Pushpita helps me a lot on those days when I started my blog. On this #200 bloghop post I would like thanks all of you friends.

This week we are following Robin Round method. We members are cooking from each other blog alphabetically. I have adopted this recipe from the blog of Swaty Malik. Visit her blog Foodtrails for many innovative and authentic recipes.

You may like some more beetroot recipes on this blog.
1. Beetroot dip

2. Beetroot green with green peas and corn

3. Dairy free beetroot smoothie with fruits

4. Beetroot dal or lentil curry

5. Beetroot shot

6. Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie

7. Beetroot rice or pulao and raita

6. Black rice oats and beetroot pancake

7. Beetroot appe

8. Beetroot cutlets

9. Vegan fruit and veggie smoothie

I have made it gluten free but you can make it with whole wheat flour or refined flour or maida if you want. You can add any herbs of your choice. Add more garlic powder or minced garlic if you like the garlicky flavour.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1/4 cup

Tapioca flour – 1/4 cup

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon

Yeast – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Milk or water – 1/4 cup

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Beetroot – 1, boiled

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Dried rosemary – 1/2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Beetroot – 1, boiled

Sesame seeds to sprinkle

Method

1. Grease a baking pan dust with little flour.

2. Preheat the oven at 200°.

3. Mix sugar and yeast in 1/4 cup warm milk or water. Milk or water should be warm not hot. Stir well and cover. Keep in a warm place for 15 minutes.

4. Peel chop and blend the beetroot into smooth puree.

5. Mix together Soyabean flour, rice flour, Tapioca flour, milk powder, salt, oregano, rosemary and garlic powder. You can add more garlic if like the taste and flavour.

6. Add sugar and yeast mixed milk, oil and beetroot puree in the flour.

7. Mix and knead the dough. Add little milk or water if require.

8. Once the dough gets together, cover and keep aside for 5 minutes.

9. After 5 minutes transfer the dough to your work surface and knead to make smooth.

10. Transfer the dough in a well-greased bowl or container and cover with a cling film, and keep aside for 1 hour. Proofing depends on weather. If the weather is cold then it may take 30 – 40 minutes more to proof.

11. Once proofed or dough doubles in size, transfer to work surface, punch down the dough. And knead for 2 minutes.

12. Divide the dough into 4-5 equal parts. Make smooth slider ball and arrange on greased and flour dusted baking pan.

13. Sprinkle sesame seeds. Keep aside for 20 minutes for second proofing.

14. Once the dough balls rise and proofed bake in the preheated oven at 200° for 15 minutes.

15. Once done, take out the buns from oven and cool on wire rack.

16. Serve with, butter or any sauce or make burgers with these healthy, delicious and gluten free buns. Or make half and toast on a pan. Spread some pizza spread on one half. Sprinkle grated cheese, finely chopped onions, Bell pepper, capsicum, tomato and chilli flakes etc. Cover with other half of the bun. Serve in breakfast or pack for tiffin.
These buns will stay fresh for 4 – 5 days and can be refrigerate for few weeks.

Notes

1. You can use refined flour or whole wheat flour or any flour of your choice instead of these gluten free flour.
2. Any herbs can be used.
3. Vegan people can use water or almond, coconut, soya or any dairy free milk.

4. Any seeds can be used to sprinkle instead of sesame seeds.

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Gluten Free Cornmeal Carrot Cake

Gluten free eggless cornmeal carrot cake.
A super soft, moist and delicious eggless cake with cornmeal, oats and Soyabean flour. You will love the taste and flavour of cinnamon and carrot.

 

I have already shared two more carrot cake on this blog.

Sugar free carrot cake

Whole wheat carrot cake

You may also like some more carrot recipes here.
Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Carrot rice

Green gram carrot spinach soup

Carrot bean beet almond soup

 

4th April is celebrated as World Carrot Day.

Ahhh the ubiquitous carrot, favorite food of rabbits, amazing for your eyesight, and the foundation of what is easily one of the greatest cakes ever conceived.
The history of Carrot Day is really the history of the carrot, and research of this incredibly popular root has revealed that it likely finds its origins in Central Asia. Through thousands of years of careful cultivation, we have ultimately arrived at the bright orange, slightly sweet, not at all bitter variety of carrot we have today! http://www.carrotday.com established Carrot Day in 2003, and it’s spread throughout the world to all the places the carrot is known.
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Monday again and this week’s 189 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is gajar ka jalwa suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna.
Do visit her space for some healthy and delicious recipes. So we bloghop members are celebrating Carrot day with different carrot recipes.

Earlier I have used Soyabean flour and oats in my cakes. But this time also used cornmeal. And very happy with the taste and texture. Coming soon with one more bake with cornmeal.
Till then enjoy this soft and moist carrot cake. I have made it simple. But you can add choco chips or any dry fruits like raisins, cashews, almond or walnut etc in the batter.
I have made it in bundt pan but you can use round, square or any baking pan or loaf pan. Or use muffins or cupcake moulds to make cupcake.

Recipe

Grated carrot – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cornmeal – 1/2 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder or grated nutmeg – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Olive oil or butter – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking pan and dust with cornmeal.

3. Grate the carrot with fine grater. You can use your food processor but use the attachment accordingly. I have used box grater.

4. Mix vinegar in room temperature milk and keep aside.

5. In a bowl sift cornmeal, oats powder, soya flour, baking powder, soda, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder.

6. In a large bowl whisk oil or butter and powdered sugar.

7. Add vinegar mixed milk and whisk again.

8. Add milk powder and whisk well.

9. Add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix. Make a smooth and lump free batter.

10. Fold in grated carrot.

11. Pour the batter into greased and flour dusted baking pan.

12. Tap the pan gently to remove air bubbles.

13. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes.
Every oven take different time so check after 25 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, it should comes out clean.

14. Let the cake cool down completely before serving.

Notes

1. You can add any dry fruits or choco chips in the batter.
2. Refined flour, whole wheat flour or any mixed flour can be used instead of cornmeal oats and Soyabean flour.
3. Instead of bundt pan you can use any baking pan. Or muffins or cupcake moulds can be used to make cupcakes with this batter.

 

Check out some different carrot recipes shared by my fellow bloggers.

 

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Gajar ka khatta mitha achar by Swaty

Gluten free cornmeal carrot cake by Sujata

Carrot oatmeal pancake by Poonam

Healthy Thai carrot salad by Priya

Carrot oatmeal cookies by Mayuri

Carrot Vada by Preethi

Indian spice roasted carrot hummus by Kalyani

Oven roasted carrot by Archana

Carrot mini crescent rolls by Sasmita

Instapot carrot halwa

So join the fun and celebrate Carrot Day yourself !

 

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Chocolate Sandesh 

Happy bhai duj to every brother and sister. May success and joy be yours every day.

Bhai Dooj / Bhau-Beej / Bhai Tika / Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartika.

On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favorite dishes/sweets. The procedure may be different in bihar and central india. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother.
Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform aarti for their brother and apply a tika on the brother’s forehead. This tika ceremony on the occasion of Bhai duj signifies the sister’s sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother and treat them with gifts. In return brothers bless their sisters and may treat them also with gifts.

Source – Wikipedia

Presenting a yummy sweet recipe for this auspicious occasion.

Sandesh is a Bengali dessert made of paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. You can make it in home by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it. You can make it with different flavours.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

You don’t need much ingredients to make this sandesh. A very simple recipe yet delicious. You will love the chocolaty taste. I have used choco chips over it, if you don’t have choco chips you can use pistachio to make your sandesh beautiful.

Picture credit my daughter Suchismita Roy

 

 

Recipe


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup

Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Grated dark chocolate – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 6 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 3 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

White choco chips or pistachio to garnish

Method


Mix paneer, milk powder, grated dark chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder on a plate.

Get the method of making paneer or cottage cheese here.

Knead with your palm until smooth.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add the paneer mixture. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture leaves the sides and becomes like a dough. Remove from heat.

Don’t overcook. It shouldn’t be too dry or crumbled.

Add vanilla essence and mix well.

Again knead it till smooth. I have used mixer grinder to make it smooth. Blend or knead with your palm again.

Make small balls.

Shape them with a mould and place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.

Or press the balls gently. Place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.

Serve soft delicious chocolate sandesh immediately or keep in refrigerator for later and serve chilled.

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Kewra Flavoured Eggless Sugarless Almond Saffron Pistachio Whole Wheat Flour Muffins 


Kewra flavoured eggless sugarless almond Saffron pistachio muffins.

Yes, presenting a healthy and delicious muffins recipe today. Muffins with whole wheat flour and no sugar no butter at all. A perfect dessert for diet conscious people.

I have used organic jaggery powder in it.

You can get some more muffins recipes here

Watermelon muffins

Fruity muffins

Cheesy savoury muffins 

Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

Its a basic recipe. You can make it with refined flour and sugar too. Measurements will be the same. Add tutti fruity, candied cherries or any dry fruits of your choice.
You can omit milk powder if you want. Use mashed cottage cheese or paneer or khoya/mawa or dried milk instead. In that case increase the amount of jaggery powder 1 to 2 spoon. If you don’t have jaggery powder you can use brown sugar or powdered sugar too.

If you don’t like kewra flavour you can use any other flavours like rose, vanilla or add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom or cinnamon powder. Choice is yours.

I have served it with chocolate sauce.

I am sending this post to our 99th #Foodiemonday bloghop #flowerrecipes theme. I have chosen kewra.

Kewra water is an extract distilled from the aromatic flower of the pandanus plants. Its mainly used in South Asian cuisine. This essence is a transparent liquid, similar to rose water. Kewra jal or water can be substitute with kewra essence which is more concentrated.

Recipe 
Wholewheat flour – 1 cup

Almond – 1/4 heaped cup

Organic jaggery powder – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Flax seed powder – 1 tablespoon

Milk powder – 1/4 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Vinegar – 1/2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/4 cup

Pistachio – 1 – 2 tablespoon + to sprinkle

Saffron thread – 1/4 teaspoon

Kewra water  – 1/4 teaspoon

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease or line the muffins tray or cup cake moulds.

Grind the almonds with skin.

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, almonds powder, fax seed powder, milk powder, baking powder and soda. Mix well and keep aside.

You can use refined flour or 1/2 flour 1/2 oats powder instead of whole wheat flour. If you don’t want to add milk powder substitute with khoya/mawa or dried milk or mashed cottage cheese or paneer. In that case you have to increase the amount of jaggery powder.

In a large bowl mix jaggery powder, saffron, 1/2 cup milk, vinegar, oil and kewra water. Beat until jaggery powder dissolved completely.

If you want you can use brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery powder.

Add the dry ingredients. Mix well. Make a lump free batter. Add more milk if require. Batter should be thick but flowing.

Fold in chopped pistachios. You can use chocolate chips, tutti fruity or any dry fruits of your choice.

Fill the moulds 3/4 full.

Bake at 180° for 20 – 25 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time so check after 20 minutes.

Serve with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Drizzle chocolate sauce and enjoy……

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Apple Coconut Fudge Or Barfi 

Photo credit Anuj Arora


Happy and blessed Krishna Janmashtami. May God bless you with all the happiness.

Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna. In India it is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm.

This festival is observed on ashtami tithi, the eighth day of Krishna Paksha or dark fortnight of the month of Bhadra according to the Hindu calendar. This is usually in the months of August and September in the Gregorian calendar. People observe fast the whole day, sing hymns and conduct prayers at midnight to rejoice the birth of Lord Krishna.

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Apple coconut fudge or barfi.

A very delicious and flavourful sweet. On the auspicious occasion  of Shree Krishna Janmashtami try out this easy to make and yummy fudge or barfi.

 

Recipe 


Grated apple  – 1 & 1/2 cup

Grated fresh coconut  – 1&1/2 cup

Sugar  – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Saffron  – a pinch optional

Hot milk  – 1 tablespoon

Pistachios to garnish

Ghee/clarified butter for greasing the plate

 

Method 


Soak the saffron in 1 tablespoon hot milk. If you don’t have saffron omit it. You can use little food colour too.

Mix grated apple, grated coconut and sugar in a pan. I like less sweet but you can adjust according to your taste.

Cook the mixture on low flame. Keep stirring. Don’t increase the flame. Keep the flame low.

After 15-20 minutes when the mixture dried up add cardamom powder, milk powder and saffron mixed milk. Mix well. Taste and adjust the sugar if require.

Cook again on simmer till the mixture dried up and becomes dough like consistency. It will take 15-20 minutes again. Switch off the flame.

Take a greased plate. Spread the mixture on it. Label with a spoon or your palm. Sprinkle chopped pistachios over it.

Let it cool down. Now keep it in refrigerator for 5-6 hours or overnight.

Cut into square pieces and serve chilled.

Enjoyyyyyy

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