EGGLESS REDVELVET CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE TOPPERS

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Diwali is coming and so I remain very busy with the preparations. It is quite a tiring task with all the Deepawali cleaning, blog writing, cooking, shopping, get-togethers, and much more.In all these tiring tasks baking acts as a stress buster for me …
So, I made these red velvet Diwali special cupcakes with chocolate toppers.PicsArt_10-15-12.20.11.jpg

This makes 1 cake or 14 regular cupcakes or 30 mini cupcakes.Kids enjoyed the cupcakes.

Kids enjoyed the cupcakes.
You all can make for(maybe) a Diwali party or get together
Enjoy and a very happy Diwali.

 

Recipe courtesy …vibha bhutada

INGREDIENTS:
1 and a half cup Maida
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp red food color
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp baking powder
Half tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 cup milk (warm)
1 tbsp vinegar
1/3rd cup melted butter or oil
2 tsp vanilla essence

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix the milk with vinegar and keep aside for 5 minutes. The milk will curdle to form buttermilk. This makes the cake spongy.1508001766867
  3. In a mixing bowl sieve all the dry ingredients together – maida, sugar, red food color, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda.Mix them well.1508001855107
  4. Separately whisk the wet ingredients – prepared buttermilk, melted butter or oil, and vanilla essence.1508001926838
  5. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula till there are no lumps. You can add more sugar according to your preference.1508002001473
  6.  Now pour the batter into a cupcake mold and bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes or until done. Remove and cool

DECORATION:

  1. melt white chocolate.
  2. put in 2  separate bowls and add blue and orange color .
  3. Draw diya designs on a butter paper, use the piping bag filled with chocolate and trace diya designs.1508002086202
  4. decorate with sprinkles. your chocolate diyas are ready …
  5. make some swirl on the top of the cupcake and put this chocolate diyas.

cupcakes ready to enjoy…HAPPY DIWALIPicsArt_10-15-09.37.11.jpg

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WHEAT FLOUR CHAKLI

chakli or Chakri are made as a part of the Diwali faraal (Diwali snacks & sweets) in Maharashtra and Gujarat. there are many versions of making chakli. sharing today a  recipe of whole wheat flour chakli.PicsArt_10-09-06.45.52.jpg

This recipe calls for whole wheat flour. It makes the fried snack little dense. so to make it less dense or light in texture, I have steamed the flour in a pressure cooker before making chakli. By this steaming technique, chakli will be crispy, light yet melts in your mouth texture.

wishing happy Diwali to all. have a prosperous, fun-filled and safe Diwali.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS :

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour (chapati atta)
1 tablespoon Ginger-Green Chilli Paste
1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds (til)
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
3/4 cup (or as needed) Curd or Yogurt
1½ tablespoons Oil + for deep frying
Salt to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Transfer whole wheat flour into a small container with a lid which can easily fit into the pressure cooker and close the lid. Take a 3-liter capacity steel/aluminum pressure cooker. Pour 2 cups water in it and place a metal stand. Place the container filled with flour over the metal stand.
  2. Close the pressure cooker and steam it for about 15 to 18 minutes over medium flame (or 4,5 whistle ).Turn off the flame and let it cool for 5-7 minutes.PicsArt_10-09-06.48.42.jpg
  3. Open the pressure cooker lid and remove the container carefully (use the cotton napkin or oven gloves).Open the lid of a container.
  4. Transfer steamed wheat flour to a large wide-mouthed bowl. Sieve it and discard all small and large lumps.
  5. add ginger-chili paste,seasme seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder,1/2 cup curd ,oil, and salt.Mix well.PicsArt_10-09-07.09.47.jpg
  6. bind the hard dough.the quantity of curd (as needed) to bind the dough .the quantity of curd required to bind the dough depends on the quality of flour.
  7. Take a chakli/ sev maker machine and chakli mold .greese the inside wall of chakli machine and chakli mold with oil.
  8. place chakli mold in the machine .fill it with the dough and close the lid .the machine is now ready to make chaklis.Grease plate/aluminum foil or use butter paper to make spirals.PicsArt_10-09-07.12.31.jpg
  9. Prepare raw chaklis by moving the machine in spiral motion with one hand while twisting the handle of a machine and another hand.Make as small or as large spirals as you like.
  10. heat oil over medium flame .check whether oil is hot enough or not by dropping a small portion of dough into the hot oil .if it immediately comes to the surface without changing the color oil is ready.
  11. when oil is ready to add 4-5 chaklis and deep fry them until crispy and golden brown.
  12. wheat flour chakli is ready.PicsArt_10-09-06.46.47.jpg

NOTES:

  • Don’t skip steam cooking the wheat flour.this process makes chakli crispy yet melt in the mouth .

 

 

 

 

 

 

KHAJUR & CHOCOLATE OATS LADDOO

This is a very healthy and delicious snack prepared with oats, nuts, and dates.1507396232824.jpg

I made these simple and healthy dates and oats laddu for Diwali .just roast, grind and mix all the ingredients and yummy and delicious laddu’s are ready to offer..

It can be prepared with sugar or jaggery and not much of ghee is needed and it is optional. They are non-sticky while you hold on and slightly chewy and taste good. They can be made absolutely fat free or vegan by eliminating the ghee.

So, from this year, one more item is added to my list of festival sweets. Let’s celebrate Diwali with these soft ladoos.

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Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 6-10 minutes

serve:4

 

INGREDIENTS :

Dates pitted and chopped 10-12
Cocoa powder 2-3 tablespoons
Oats 1 cup
Ghee 2 tablespoons
Walnuts chopped 1/2 cup
Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
Jaggery (Gur) grated 3/4-1 cup
poppy seeds roasted 1tbsp

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add walnuts, mix and sauté till golden. Reduce heat, add oats and sauté for a minute.1507395403328
  2. Add dates, cardamom powder, mix and cook till dates soften. Add jaggery, mix and cook till it melts on low heat.1507395515760
  3. Transfer the dates-oats mixture in a bowl and mix. Add cocoa powder, mix and cool.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into laddoos, and roll in poppy seeds.1507395587521
  5. Serving suggestions-For breakfast, dessert, and good as a travel food too
  6. Serve.1507396151074.jpg

 

NOTES:

  • You can also use almonds, walnuts or any other nuts of your choice.
  •  Adjust the quantity of dates according to your taste.

 

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MONACO CHEESY BITES

These Monaco Cheesy Bites are basically salty biscuits, loaded with the goodness of veggies and with cheese kids would gobble these up in no time. A best after school snack too.

Cheesy Monaco Bites is a simple, easy and quick to make starter recipe that will surely impress your family and friends. Involve your kids in this fun activity; I am sure they will enjoy it too.

Kids will love this recipe, as they can bite while playing, and no need to find place to sit while eating.

My kids loved it …ये दिल मांगे मोर

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time:15 mins Serve: 5

INGREDIENTS :

2 tbsp Butter
1 cup, mixed veggies (carrot, peas and corn)
3 tbsp Maida/APF
1/3 cup Milk
1 tsp Dried Oregano powder
2 tbsp Pizza sauce
1/2 tsp Paprika powder
2 tbsp Chopped almonds (roasted)
1/4 cup Grated Cheese
Chilli flakes to taste
Milk to adjust consistency
Mint /coriendee leaves to garnish
25-30 nos Monaco Biscuits
5 nos Cheese Slices quartered

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat up the butter in a pan and the mixed veggies. Cook it until soft around 2-3 mins.PicsArt_10-05-02.38.50.jpg
  2. Add the maida, stirring continuously cook until the floury taste goes around 2 mins.
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  3. You will see that the mixture thickens quickly.
  4. Switch off the gas and add in the oregano, pizza sauce, paprika powder and almonds.
  5. Stir to mix everything.
  6. Add in the grated cheese and mix everything well.PicsArt_10-05-02.42.05.jpg
  7. Top it off with some chilli flakes to suit your family needs and also if you find that it is too thick just add in some milk to adjust the consistency such that it is eay to spoon later.
  8. Let it cool a bit and transfer to a bowl.

TO ASSEMBLE  

  1. Take a monaco biscuit. Place on quartered cheese slice on top.
  2. Spoon some prepared veggie topping on top.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves or farsan.
  4. Serve it with tomato ketchup if need be.PicsArt_10-05-03.06.03.jpg
  5. And thats it for your Monaco Cheesy Bites.

 

NOTES :

  • You can just add any flavours to the veggies. And even can change the veggies to your family’s preference.
  • The topping can be made ahead of time and everything can be put together right before guests arive.
  • Some other veggie combination like Boiled Potato and Paneer with Mint chutney or Onion and Capsicum with some dip and chutney can also be used.
  • Assemble the biscuits just before serving or else it would turn soggy. In fact ask your guests to help themselves so that they can decide what they like.

 

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KASHMIRI FRUITY PULAO

Kashmiri Fruity pulao is one of the easiest pulao recipes to make and unlike other pulaos this one is on the sweeter side. reason being the pulao is garnished with both dry fruits and fresh fruits.

The fresh fruits which are usually added in Kashmiri pulao are pineapple, apple, and pomegranate. dry fruits which are added are generally a mix of almonds, raisins, pistachios, walnuts, and cashews. most variations of making this pulao will use a different mix of fruits and dry fruits.

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This Fruity rice pulao is also good for kids as it is mildly spiced and have the fruits which kids often love, you can also pack this pilaf in kids lunchboxes.They will surely finish it in the school.

My kids loved it.

COURSE: main
CUISINE: Indian, Kashmiri
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME:15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
SERVINGS: 3 to 4

INGREDIENTS :

2 cup boiled rice
1 big apple chopped
4 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
1cup pineapple chopped
50 gm raisins
50 gm cashew nuts
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon garam masala (whole)
A pinch of saffron
1 cup of milk
2 tbsp  ghee (clarified butter)
Salt and sugar according to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wash the rice properly and soak in cold water for an hour.
  2. Drain the rice water and dry the rice in a broad and flat based utensil.
  3. Boil the water and add rice and cook it.
  4. Drain the water and spread the half-cooked rice in a broad and flat utensil for cooling.
  5. Take a cup of milk and mix the saffron in it and keep aside.
  6. Cut the apple and pineapple into medium cubes.
  7. Heat the ghee in a pan, fry the raisins & cashew nuts and keep aside.PicsArt_10-02-09.16.12.jpg
  8. Heat the ghee in a pan, add bay leaf & garam masala for sautéing.PicsArt_10-02-09.10.12.jpg
  9. Add pre-fried raisins, nuts, salt, and sugar according to taste and mix properly.PicsArt_10-02-09.18.02.jpg
  10. Add fruit (apple, Pineapple, pomegranate seed) and mix it properly, cook it for 2-3 min on a low flame.
  11. Add saffron mix rice and mix it properly in a low flame.
  12. Turn off the gas, but do not open the cover of Pulao.PicsArt_10-02-09.37.14.jpg
  13. After few minute open the cover and stir it properly.
  14. Enjoy Fruit Pulao with Paneer curry.

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NOTES:

  • You may add any fruits of your choice.
  • You may add peas and corn too.

 

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PANEER POTATO STICKS / KABABS

 

What can be better than Yummy paneer potato sticks/ kababs after hours of fasting. Just substitute the gram flour or corn flour with fasting flours like kuttu atta or singhara atta.

This is the second recipe that I prepared for IBC 24’s show ‘Swad ki rasoi’. They wanted a unique recipe for Navratri vrats, a recipe that would stand out from the others.So, I came up with the idea of paneer potato sticks garnished with sabudanas dangling like beads over it.

A wonderful and tasty dish which is easy to make and perfect for a vrat or upvas.

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INGREDIENTS:

4-5 large sized potatoes (aloo)
125 grams cottage cheese (paneer)
½ teaspoon pepper powder or freshly crushed pepper (Kali Mirch powder)
2 tbsp rajgira aata (Amarnath flour)
salt
1/2 tsp chili flex
oil for frying
1 green chili chopped
coriander chopped
1/2 cup sabudana soaked
sendha namak

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Boil the potatoes with some salt and water in a pressure cooker or microwave oven.
  2. Mash the potatoes. crumble paneer and add it to the mashed aloo. add pepper powder, or crushed pepper, Rajgura aata, sendha namak (fast salt)
  3. mix the mixture really well. there should be no lumps. The mixture should be smooth and pliable.
  4. if the mixture is slightly loose, then add some more rajgira aata . Rajgira aata binds the aloo mixture. so when you fry the tikkis in oil, they do not crumble.
  5. check the taste. add more seasoning of pepper and salt, if required.
  6. now take some portion of the mixture in your hands. shape them into sticks /kababs and then roll on soaked sabudana them.make even sized paneer sticks/kababs of the entire mixture.
  7. on a pan smear oil for frying. place the sticks/ kababs on the pan and on a High flame fry the tikkis till they turn golden brown.
  8. When browned and crisp from both sides, you can remove paneer sticks /kababs from the pan. serve aloo paneer Tikki with Hung curd dip and coriander chutney with almond and walnut.

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NOTES:

  • you can even shallow fry or deep fry. if deep or shallow frying then uses oil and not ghee. if you are using a non-stick tava, then you can use ghee or butter.

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