Caramel Custard

Eggless caramel custard.

Today sharing one of my favourite dessert. Its my 500 post on the blog. Thanks to all my readers for your love, support and encouragement.

You don’t need gelatin or agar agar, eggs or bread to make this caramel pudding. Even you don’t need oven because it is steamed pudding. Very easy to make yet taste is heavenly.

This chilled caramel custard pudding can be also served as a party dessert. Have you made custard with paneer or cottage cheese yet? If no try it I am sure you will love the taste. You can make it in a cake pan or in small ramekins for individual serving. Make caramel in a cake tin or pan. Make a thick custard and pour over the caramel. Steam for 30 – 40 minutes and let it cool down. Place in refrigerator to chill. Slice and enjoy. You can get many more dessert recipes on this blog.

This caramel custard is my contribution to 260 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Meethe Pal suggested by me. This pandemic time dramatically changes our lives. Switched to only homemade healthy foods. No outings or restaurant hopping. Our only motto is to stay safe. So I thought if we can share some heavenly desserts to fill some sweetness in life. Dessert or sweets improve our mood. We can enjoy sweet in moderation or in small amount once or twice in a week. And we have to make some sweets for our kids.  And I am sure kids will love this mouth melting and yummy pudding. Let’s see what my fellow bloggers share for this theme. Check out all the recipes below.

Kesar pista shrikhand by Priya Vijaykrishnan

Badam halwa by Kalyani Sri

Khubani ka meetha by Archana

Sweet sundal by Priya Iyer

Paneer kheer by Preethi Prasad

Bellam undrallu by Aruna

Churma laddu by Poonam

Oats jaggery laddu by Swaty Malik

Chocolate modak by Mayuri Patel

Now coming to the recipe. Not only kids as I mentioned caramel pudding is my favourite. When I started cooking after marriage I usually make caramel pudding with eggs, milk, vanilla essence and bread. But this custard caramel is different but taste is equally good. So it is perfect for vegetarian people. I didn’t use gelatin in it so we have to make slightly thick custard. I have used 2 teaspoon cornflour to make the custard thick. If you don’t have cornflour use 2 teaspoon more custard powder. I love strong caramel flavour so made caramel with 3 tablespoon sugar. If you want your custard with light caramel use 2 tablespoon sugar only.

Recipe

Milk – 2 & 1/2 cup

Custard powder – 3 tablespoon

Cornflour – 2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoon

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. In a metal cake tin or pan heat 3 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Keep the flame low to avoid burning. I have used 3 tablespoon sugar for strong caramel flavour. If you want light caramel flavour use 2 tablespoon sugar to make caramel.

2. When sugar melts and starts to change it’s colour switch off the heat. Caramel shouldn’t be burned. With the help of a tong tilt the pan to spread the caramel evenly in all over the pan. Keep it aside.

3. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup cold milk, custard powder and cornflour. You can also add 2 tablespoon milk powder if you like.

4. Boil remaining milk in a pan. Add 1/3 cup sugar. When sugar dissolved and milk starts to boil reduce the heat.

5. Stir the cornflour and custard powder mixed milk well and add in the milk. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.

6. Cook till milk becomes thick. Keep stirring. Remove from heat. Add vanilla essence and mix. You can also add chopped dry fruits in custard.

7. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth. Best to use fresh paneer. Get the paneer recipe here.

8. With a hand blender or whisker blend the paneer and custard well. Mixture should be lump free and smooth.

9. Pour the mixture on caramel. I have used my rice cooker to steam the custard.

10. You can steam in pressure cooker or any pan. Pour water in the pan. Place a stand in the middle. When water starts to boil place the caramel custard pan on the stand. Cover and steam on low medium heat for 30 minutes.

11. Let it cool down completely. Keep in refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours or overnight. Run a knife gently through the sides. Place the pan upside down on plate. Demould the custard. Slice and serve chilled. Enjoy……

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Whole Wheat Milk Bread With Mixed Seeds

Whole wheat milk bread with mixed seeds. A healthy breakfast bread made with whole wheat flour and mixed seeds. Serve crisp toasted bread with butter, jam or any spread or make sandwiches. Mixed seeds will make your bread more nutritious.

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

1. Cheesey bread

2. Whole wheat bread

3. Oats flaxseed whole wheat bread

4. Multigrain bread

5. Zimbabwe cornbread

6. Olive Jalapeno cornbread

7. Gluten free vegan multigrain bread

8. Focaccia bread

Sending this post to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine. This time theme is Breakfast Series suggested by Preethi Prasad who blog at Preethi Cuisine. Preethi is a very talented blogger. I love her different types of mouthwatering recipes. Recently bookmarked her Raw mango curry andChocolate affogato to try.

Check out my fellow bloggers recipes for this theme.

Lentil and spring onion pancake by Preethi

Easy poha idli by Jayashree

Sandwich dhokla by Vanitha

Paneer pyaaz paratha by Shalu

Gujarati rice khichu by Poonam

Quinoa upma by Sasmita

I am sharing my favourite breakfast bread for this theme. I have used whole wheat flour or atta to make this bread but you can also use all purpose flour or maida if you like or use half atta and half maida. Knead the dough with milk instead of water. Milk will make your bread more tasty and soft. I love crisp toasted bread and sandwiches both.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta- 3 cup

Dry yeast – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Warm milk – 1 & 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon, optional

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon + for greasing

Vinegar – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Roasted mixed seeds – 3 – 4 tablespoon + to sprinkle

Method

1. Mix sugar and yeast in 1/4 cup warm milk. Milk should be warm not hot. Stir well and cover. Keep in a warm place for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it will looks foamy like this 👇

2. In a large bowl mix whole wheat flour or atta, salt, milk powder, vinegar, olive oil and roasted mixed seeds. I have roasted mixed seeds including sunflower, pumpkin, flax, watermelon, chia and gojiberries seeds. You can use any seeds.

3. Make a hole in the middle and pour the yeast mixture and 1 cup slightly warm milk. Knead the dough well and add remaining 1/4 cup milk slowly.

4. Dough should be soft and sticky. Sprinkle little flour on your cleaned kitchen counter and place the dough on it. Knead the dough for 9-10 minutes.

5. Knead the dough by pressing with your palm and heel of your palm by pushing and stretching.

6. Knead the dough really well. Now after kneading well dough will becomes less sticky. Make a ball with the dough and drop few times on the kitchen counter.

7. Grease a bowl generously. Smear the dough with oil and place in the greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap 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.

8. 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. Fold and shape the dough into a loaf.

9. You can also make 2 small bread with this dough if you have small size loaf pan. Place the loaf in oil greased loaf pan. Place seam side down. 

10. Cover and keep aside for second proofing for 30 minutes. Or till it rise above the pan.

11. Brush with water and sprinkle mixed seeds on the top.

12. Bake in preheated oven at 185° for 40 to 50 minutes or till bread becomes golden brown.

13. Take out the bread immediately and place on a cooling rack upside down to completely cool.

14. Don’t keep the bread in oven after baking, it may become soggy so let it cool on cooling rack or a towel before slicing.

15. Slice the bread when it completely cooled. Make sandwiches or toast and serve with butter, jam or any spread.

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Oats Tutti Frutti Cookies / Gluten Free Cookies / Jaggery Cookies

Oats tutti frutti cookies with jaggery. Completely gluten free, eggless and sugar free cookies. Crispy crunchy cookies with the flavour of rose and cardamom. You don’t like rose flavour? No problem use vanilla essence, pineapple essence or any other flavour of your choice and enjoy the delicious healthy crispy crunchy cookies.

I have used little protein rich soybean flour with super food oats but if you don’t have soybean flour you can use any flour or use 1/4 cup more ground oats instead of soybean flour. Or you can also use 1/4 cup almond powder to make the cookies more nutritious. A delicious and healthy cookies for kids and adults both. Kids will love these tutti frutti cookies. You can also use any chopped dry fruits of your choice if you don’t like tutti frutti.

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease. Oats contain some unique components — in particular, the soluble fiber beta-glucan and antioxidants called avenanthramides. Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation and reduced constipation. In addition, they are very filling and have many properties that should make them a weight loss friendly food. Source – Healthline

You may like some more cookies with oats on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Oats whole wheat lemon cookies with olive oil

2. Oats whole wheat coffee jaggery cookies

3. Oats cornmeal lemon crinkle cookies

4. Oats almond cranberry cookies

5. Fennel oats millet cookies

6. Ragi oats chocolate cookies

7. Oats whole wheat caraway cookies

8. Oats almond jaggery cookies

9. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

10. Date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

11. Dates oats cookies

12. Cocoa almond cookies

13. Red velvet choco chips cookies

14. Orange crinkle cookies

15. Oats thandai nankhatai

Monday again and this week’s 253 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #MunchkinMeals suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. A talented blogger Narmadha has a wonderful blog. And she has a vast collection of delicious recipes. You will definitely love her healthy Ragi jaggery cookies, Biscuit cake without oven, Easy chicken fry and many more.

Narmadha suggested to share some kids recipe using any ingredient which kids normally don’t want to eat. So my contribution is this oats cookies with tutti frutti and jaggery. I have used organic jaggery powder. And used tutti frutti because kids love colorful tutti frutti. And used only 5 tablespoon tutti frutti but you can use more if you want. Or use any chopped dry fruits instead of tutti frutti. But tutti frutti will give an extra sweetness.

Recipe

Oats – 1&1/2 cup

Soybean flour – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Melted ghee/clarified butter or butter – 1/3 cup

Rose essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Tutti frutti – 5 tablespoon + to sprinkle

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Grind 1 cup oats into fine powder.

3. In a bowl mix oats powder, remaining 1/2 cup oats, soybean flour, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl whisk ghee or clarified butter and jaggery powder. Whisk well. Add rose essence and mix well.

5. Now add all the dry ingredients, tutti frutti and milk. Combine everything well. Don’t knead much. You can add more tutti frutti if you want. 1/3 to 1/2 cup tutti frutti can be used. See notes for more options.

6. Just combine and make balls with 1 tablespoon dough. I have made 19 cookies with this dough. Press the balls with your palms gently to make flat.

7. Arrange the cookies on a greased or lined baking sheet 1 inch apart. Sprinkle little tutti frutti over all the cookies. Press gently to stick tutti frutti on the cookies. This step is optional but it will give an attractive look. And kids will love it.

8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 10 to 15 minutes or until cookies becomes light golden brown. Don’t overbake.

9. Let the cookies cool down completely on a cooling rack. Serve these crispy crunchy cookies with a glass of milk or store in airtight container for later use.

Notes

1. Any chopped dry fruits can be used instead of tutti frutti.

2. You can use any other flour instead of soybean flour. Or use 1/4 cup more ground oats. Or you can also use almond powder to make the cookies more nutritious.

3. Powdered sugar, unrefined sugar or brown sugar can be used instead of jaggery powder.

4. To make vegan use coconut oil or vegan butter. Instead of dairy milk use coconut milk, almond milk or any plant based milk.

5. You can use vanilla, pineapple or any other essence instead of rose and cardamom.

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Lauki Kheer Or Bottle Gourd Pudding

Lauki/dudhi or bottle gourd kheer. Simple and easy recipe but taste is divine. You don’t need much time to make this delicious kheer or pudding if you have grated and boiled bottle gourd ready. Condensed milk gives enough sweetness so you don’t need to add sugar. Don’t skip saffron. It will give a lovely colour and flavour.

You may like some more kheer or pudding recipes on this blog.

1. Kheer komola or orange kheer

2. Rasgulla kheer/paesh or pudding

3. Khajur or nolen gur kheer

4. Chhena kheer or chhanar payesh

5. Rice kheer or pudding

6. Chakhao kheer or black rice pudding

This week 237 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Holi on my platter.

Recipe is very easy. Boil the milk with saffron on simmer until becomes half. Add condensed milk, boiled and squeezed grated bottle gourd, dry fruits and cardamom powder Cook till kheer becomes semi thick. Kheer will become thick when cool. You can add any dry fruits of your choice.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Bottle gourd or lauki – 1/4 cup, grated, boiled and squeezed

Condensed milk – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Soak the raisins in water.

2. Chop the cashew nuts into 4 pieces.

3. Drain and squeeze the boiled bottle gourd well. I have measured after squeezing. It should be tightly packed 1/4 cup.

4. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. Add saffron. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer until milk becomes half. Stir in regular interval and scrape the sides of the pan.

5. Add boiled and squeezed bottle gourd and condensed milk. Mix well.

6. Add soaked raisins and chopped cashew nuts. Cook on simmer till kheer becomes thick. Don’t make too dry. Kheer will be more thick when cool.

7. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

8. Garnish with shredded almond and pistachio. Serve warm, chilled or room temperature. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Lemon Cake With Gondhoraj Lebu Or Kaffir Lime

Eggless lemon cake with gondhoraj lebu. Whole wheat flour cake flavoured with kaffir lime.
A delicious and aromatic cake made with whole wheat flour, soybean flour and gondhoraj lebu or lime. For more lemon taste you can also spread lemon glaze on the cake.

What is gondhoraj lebu or lime? Oblong shaped green colored and aromatic lime normally used to make dal chawal flavourful. And often used in some fish dishes. You can use it in any dish to get strong lemon flavour.

For all that its aroma and flavour send most Bengalis into paroxysms of joy, the “gondhoraj lebu” or lime does not even have a Wikipedia entry, the ultimate indicator of 21st century relevance.
Call it lime, lemon or lebu, use any spelling of gondhoraj (aroma king), but the internet cache will be woefully small.
The Thais have their kaffir lime and the Caribbeans have key limes. The Chinese have many — from the Canton lime to the misleadingly named Meyer. Do we Indians have one we can call unequivocally our own?
Yes indeed — the gondhoraj. Restaurateur Anjan Chatterjee says the gondhoraj is actually a ‘Rangpur’ lime, the name harking back to its origin in east Bengal, where its heady aroma hangs in the air. The Rangpur is a cross between a lime and a mandarin orange; call it Bengali romanticism, but the gondhoraj does seem to be more than a mere hybrid.
It is too oblong and somewhat hard to be summarily and nonchalantly squished by hand anyway. Cut into longish quarters with the thick green rind intact, it has to be gently pressed to extract but a few drops of actual juice and plentiful bits of aromatic pulp. That minuscule quantity has traditionally been enough to pep up the dullest daal or the most insipid vegetables, on a sweltering summer day.

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Sending this post to A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter L. And my contribution is this lemon cake with gondhoraj lebu.

Here are some of my earlier posts for this group. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Beetroot shot

2. Corn cottage cheese stir fry

3. Date walnut fudge or barfi

4. Eggs in poppy seeds and tomato gravy

5. Fennel oats millet cookies

6. Ginger noodles

7. Hazelnut honey chocolate mango smoothie

8. Ivy gourd with poppy seeds

9. Kidney beans or rajma spinach Kabab

I have used whole wheat flour and soybean flour but you can use all purpose flour or maida or any flour of your choice. Soybean flour will make your cake super soft. Recipe is very simple. You don’t need much ingredients to make this eggless aromatic cake. I have used bundt pan. You can use round, square or any cake pan. Even you can make cupcakes with this batter. For more lemon flavour and taste spread some lemon glaze on the cake.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soybean flour – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Gondhoraj lebu zest – 1 teaspoon

Gondhoraj lebu or lemon juice – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Milk – 1 cup

Oil – 1/4 cup

For glaze

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking pan with oil and dust with little flour.

3. Mix gondhoraj lebu or lime juice in 1 cup milk and keep aside. Milk should be in room temperature.

4. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour, soybean flour, baking powder and soda.

5. In a large bowl whisk oil, powdered sugar, lemon juice mixed milk and lemon zest.

6. Add sieved flour gradually. Mix well and make a smooth lump free batter.

7. Pour the batter into greased and flour dusted baking pan. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter to remove air bubbles.

8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in center of the cake to check. Let the cake cool down before slicing.

9. Spreading glaze is optional. For lemon glaze whisk lemon juice, powdered sugar and lemon zest. Whisk till smooth.

13. Spread lemon glaze over the cake when completely cool.

14. Slice and serve.

Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes

1. If you don’t have gondhoraj lebu, you can use normal lemon to make this cake.
2. You can also use chopped dry fruits if you want.

3. All purpose flour or any flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour and soybean flour.

4. You can use round, square or any cake pan of your choice.

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Mupotohayi Or Chimodho/Zimbabwe Cornbread

Mupotohayi or chimodho or cornmeal bread from Zimbabwe. Gluten free and eggless cornmeal bread. Instead of all purpose flour I have used soybean flour and oatmeal with cornmeal. Usually this bread is served with jam or butter. I have served with mixed fruit jam and peach spread from Pushpita.
This cornmeal bread is a very common bread of Zimbabwe. It was popular in 80’s and 90’s. Traditionally this bread was used to prepared on stove top or in a potjie or caldron ( a metal pot with a lid and handle) over a fire. Baking method seems to have popular later.

Earlier I have followed this recipe.
but halved the recipe to make a small bread.This time I have made as original recipe. Just made it gluten free and eggless. This bread requires 1 egg. I have used flaxseed powder instead of egg. And used oatmeal and soybean flour instead of all purpose flour.

This Monday our 224 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Due South suggested by Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzling Taste Buds. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. Kalyani has a vast collection of interesting recipes. I have recently bookmarked her Baked broccoli casserole to try. And I have a long list of mouthwatering recipes from her blog.

So this week we bloghop members sharing different recipes from Southern hemisphere.
Southern Hemisphere is the half of the earth that is south of the equator. It includes all or parts of five continents. I have made this cornbread earlier from Zimbabwe and loved the taste.
I have used oatmeal and soybean flour instead of all purpose flour or maida. And these flour needs more moisture than all purpose flour so I have also added some milk to make a thick batter. You can also use all purpose flour instead of oatmeal and soybean flour or use only soybean flour or oatmeal with cornmeal. Serve with butter or jam. We also enjoyed it with chilled custard, just toasted cornmeal bread pieces to make crisp in halogen oven.

Recipe

Cornmeal – 1 & 1/4 cup

Soybean flour – 1 & 1/4 cup

Oatmeal – 1/4 cup

Sugar – cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Flaxseed powder – 1 tablespoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 tablespoon

Buttermilk – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a square baking pan or a loaf pan with oil and dust with flour or line with parchment paper.

3. In a bowl mix flaxseed powder and water. Mix well and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.

4. In a bowl mix cornmeal, oatmeal, soybean flour, baking powder and baking soda.

5. In a large bowl whisk buttermilk, flaxseed mixed water, oil and sugar.
Now add all the dry ingredients and mix.

6. Add milk slowly to make a thick batter. Don’t add all the milk. You may need 1-2 tablespoon more or less milk.
Pour the batter into the greased and flour dusted baking pan.

7. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 40 – 45 minute or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the center to check.

8. Slice and serve warm or room temperature with butter or jam.

Notes
1. Recipe adopted from here.

2. You can use all purpose flour instead of oatmeal and soybean flour. Or only soybean flour or only oatmeal with cornmeal can be used in the bread. If you are using all purpose flour with cornmeal then omit milk.

3. 1 beaten egg can be used instead of flaxseed powder mixed water.

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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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Hazelnut Chocolate Sandesh

Hazelnut chocolate Sandesh or sondesh.
Sandesh with the flavour and taste of hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Stuffed with grated chocolate and dipped in melted chocolate with coffee. Taste is super yummy.

Sandesh is a sweet of Bengal made of chhena/paneer or cottage cheese. Homemade fresh paneer or cottage cheese is best to make sandesh. You can make paneer with vinegar, lemon juice or curd. If you want to make paneer with lemon juice or vinegar for sweet dish then you have to rinse the paneer well under running water to remove the smell of lemon or vinegar. So I always make paneer for sweet dish with curd. And for savoury dishes you can make with lemon juice or vinegar.

For sandesh paneer should be mashed well with sugar to make smooth. Then cooked on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. It shouldn’t be overcooked. If overcooked mixture will become crumbly. You can add any flavour of your choice.

Earlier shared some sandesh recipes with different flavours.

1. Carrot sandesh

2. Sugar free date sandesh

3. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

4. Coconut and date palm jaggery sandesh

5. Chocolate sandesh

6. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

7. Paan sandesh

8. Sandesh

9. Mango steamed sandesh

10. Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta

11. Watermelon sandesh

12. Cake sandesh

13. Chocolate coconut sandesh

14. Kesar pista sandesh

15. Mango sandesh

16. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

17. Orange steamed sandesh

18. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

This time made the sandesh with a completely different flavour. Yes its a fusion recipe. Because Monday again and we bloghop members sharing some Indian dessert with continental ingredients. At first I have decided to skip this week because I am not at home now. So planning to participate again after reaching home. But my daughter said you have hazelnut so why not try hazelnut sandesh. Loved the idea. I have used hazelnut and chocolate in smoothie. And loved the taste so here is a sandesh with hazelnut and chocolate.

205 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #MithaiMeTwist suggestd by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook. Visit her space for different types of authentic and innovative recipes. I always love her Odia dessert recipes . Tried one and bookmarked some to try.

Hazelnut chocolate sandesh is stuffed with grated dark chocolate and dipped in melted chocolate with coffee. Sounds delicious isn’t it 😊
So try this hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavoured sandesh and enjoy the heavenly taste. Picture courtesy my daughter Suchismita.

Recipe

Milk – 3 & 1/2 cup

Curd – 4 – 6 tablespoon

Hazelnut – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 4 tablespoon

Vanilla essence 1/4 teaspoon

Grated dark chocolate – 3 tablespoon, heaped

Instant coffee powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Almond – 4 – 5, dry roasted and slivered

Method

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat.

3. Add 4 tablespoon whisked curd and stir. Add 1 – 2 tablespoon curd more or as require to curdle the milk completely. Its depends on the sourness of the curd. I have used fresh curd which is not sour at all so I had to add 6 tablespoon. First add 4 tablespoon, stir and add more if require.

4. You can make the paneer with vinegar or lemon juice but then you have to rinse the paneer well under running water to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon. I always use curd to make paneer for sweet dishes and vinegar and lemon juice for savoury dishes.

5. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese. Hang the cheesecloth for 1 – 2 hours to drain out all the water.
Get the detailed method to make paneer or cottage cheese here.

7. Dry roast the hazelnut till fragrant. Don’t make brown. When it starts to change it’s colour remove from heat and place on a plate.

8. When roasted hazelnut cool down grind it into a fine powder.

9. Take out the paneer or cottage cheese on a plate. Mash the paneer with your fingers and heel of your palm to make smooth. You can use your food processor to make the paneer smooth.

10. Add powder sugar and mixed.
Knead the paneer well to make smooth.

11. Heat a nonstick pan or heavy bottom pan. Add powdered sugar mixed smooth paneer and ground roasted hazelnut.

12. Cook on low heat and stir continuously. Add vanilla essence and mix.

13. Don’t increase the heat cook on low flame.
Cook till the paneer leaves the sides and becomes like a dough. Don’t overcook. Mixture may be grainy if overcook.

14. Remove from heat and mash with your palm or back of a spoon when warm.

15. Knead the paneer mixture again to make smooth.

16. Make small balls. I have made 6 balls.

17. Flatten the ball and place 1/4 teaspoon grated chocolate in the middle.

18. Bring together all the edges, close and make a ball again.

19. Press the ball gently with your palm. Don’t make flat just press gently to give shape.

20. Make a small dent in the middle with your finger. Make all the balls or sandesh this way.

21. Keep the sandesh in refrigerator.

22. Melt remaining grated chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Microwave on high power for 30 seconds, stir and microwave again for 30 seconds.

23. Add coffee powder and give a good stir.

24. Dip half of the sandesh in melted chocolate or coat half portion of the sandesh with a spoon.

25. Place some dry roasted and slivered almond in the middle. You can garnish the sandesh with slivered pistachio. I don’t have pistachio so place a green colour sunflower seed to add some colour.

26. Chill the sandesh in refrigerator for 30 minutes or more before serving.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.
Sandesh can be stored in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.

Note
You can use any nut of your choice instead of hazelnut.

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Hazelnut Honey Chocolate Mango Smoothie

Hazelnut honey chocolate mango smoothie.
Healthy delicious chocolaty and creamy smoothie. You can also serve it as a chilled dessert. Enjoy the chocolaty and lip-smacking taste.
I have already shared lots of smoothies on this blog. Get the recipes here.

If you are vegan use coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or any non dairy milk of your choice. Also dairy milk can be used. Choice is yours but I love coconut milk in my smoothies. Use any milk and enjoy the heavenly taste.
We already discussed about chocolate, mango and honey. This time used hazelnut in this smoothie. We loved the mixed taste of hazelnut, chocolate and mango. If you don’t have mango, you can use apple, banana, pear or any fruit.

Hazelnuts make a tasty snack and are a great addition to many dishes. When a person includes them in a balanced, calorie-controlled diet, the nuts also provide several health benefits.
Hazelnuts contain:
vitamin E, healthful fat, protein and dietary fiber.
Eating more hazelnuts may improve a person’s health in a variety of ways.

Hazelnuts may:

1. Support bowel movements
2. Reduce weight gain
3. Protect against cell damage
4. Lower levels of harmful cholesterol
5. Improve insulin sensitivity
6. Support heart health
7. Reduce inflammation
8. Improve sperm count
Source

Mango season is about to end so check out some more mango recipes on this blog.

1. Black rice pudding and mango parfait

2. Mango walnut choco chips muffins

3. Dairy free mango pineapple smoothie

4. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

5. Mango rasgulla

6. Mango cobbler cookies

7. Mango steamed sandesh or aam bhapa sondesh

8. Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

9. Vegan mango peach pear smoothie

10. Mango pomegranate and tender coconut salsa

11. Mango litchi fudge or barfi

12. Eggless no bake no gelatin no butter mango cheesecake

13. Paneer or cottage cheese and mango smoothie

14. Mango kalakand

15. Mango sandesh

16. Mango banana smoothie

17. Eggless mango mug cake

18. Mango coconut and flax seed smoothie

I have used everything chilled to make this smoothie. You can add some ice cubes if you want. Sweetness is perfect for me. If you like your smoothie more sweet, taste after blending. Add 1 teaspoon more honey if require. You can also use cashew nuts, almond or any nuts of your choice.

Recipe

Hazelnut – 4 tablespoon, roasted

Honey – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 1 & 1/2 cup, coconut, soy, almond or dairy

Chocolate – 4 tablespoon, grated or finely chopped

Mango – 1 cup, cubed

Method

1. Dry roast the hazelnut on a pan till fragrant if you have unroasted hazelnut.

2. In a blender add roasted hazelnut, cubed mango, grated or finely chopped chocolate and honey.

3. Blend and add milk. You can also add some ice cubes if you want.

4. Blend till smooth and frothy. Taste and add little more honey if require and blend again.

5. Pour the mixture into a glass. Top with grated chocolate and mango.
Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled as a dessert.

Notes
1. Vegan people can use coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or any milk of your choice.
2. You can use apple, banana, pear or any fruit instead of mango.
2. Cashew nuts, almond or any nuts can be used in this smoothie.

Sending this post to two groups.
This month time for A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter H. And I have made this smoothie with double H, honey and hazelnut.

Monday again and this week’s 202 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #KuchMeethaHoJaye suggested by Renu Agrawal Dongre who blog at Cook with Renu. Do visit her space for some awesome recipes. This week we have to share a recipe with chocolate.

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